Vale, Karl Lagerfeld

Our interview with the fashion icon still provides beautiful insight

A true icon of fashion, Karl Lagerfeld, has passed away at 85 years old. Wildly influential, German-born Lagerfeld began his career in the industry after winning a design competition in 1955—a victory that allowed him to become Pierre Balmain’s assistant. During the ’60s he worked with Fendi and Chloe, but it was as creative director of Chanel (from 1983 until his death) that he was best …

Inside the Remarkable Mind of Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld

Along with Rihanna and Quentin Tarantino, T Magazine has chosen Karl Lagerfeld to grace one of six covers for its inaugural “The Greats” issue. Speaking with T, the fashion industry veteran and Chanel creative director elaborates on his incredible work ethic (designing eight collections for Chanel per year), the influences that helped shape his remarkable vision of modern couture, and what—after all these years—truly brings …

Maison des Perles

Japanese needlework artist Môko Kobayashi renders haute couture embroidery playfully accessible

While haute couture has, in recent years, moved toward displaying the textural qualities of embellishment through abstraction, Maison des Perles brooches, pins and necklaces are largely representational. Founding artist Môko Kobayashi uses classical haute couture embroidery techniques to create playful accessories that shimmer and enchant. Kobayashi approaches her subjects with a penetrating attention to detail. Each bead is reminiscent of a pixel; every one critical …