A glimpse from your weekend:
You’re probably going to curl up in bed, post-holiday shopping, with the issue of T: Style that’ll come with your New York Times.
Because the issue will feature a double cover with Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise (you know you’ll read that interview over hot chocolate), and an in-depth piece on the many homes and lifestyle reinventions of Karl Lagerfeld (preview after the jump), written by Cathy Horyn.
So be super fashionable and look ahead.
Because we know the text in the Karl page is hard to read, here’s a transcript:
“The well-furnished mind of Karl Lagerfeld needs an ever-changing stage. Even as he insists that he lacks personality, he seems to reinvent himself through his homes. Since he arrived in Paris from his native Hamburg in the early 1950s, Lagerfeld has occupied roughly 20 residencies, including a chateaux in Brittany, a small palace in Monaco, apartments in Rome and Berlin, a villa in Biarritz, and most recently an 1840s house in Vermont. “It’s like an alarm clock of taste and change,” he says of his house love. “Suddenly I want something else.” He does the interiors himself, in between designing collections for Chanel, Fendi and his namesake label. That he is able to pursue the new – in the 80s, he did a Monte Carlo penthouse entirely in Memphis – while continuing to find fresh expression in the past suggests the remarkable dynamic in Lagerfeld. His friend Helmut Newton put it best when he scribbled on the back of a Polaroid he took of the designer peering through a telescope on the C√¥te d’Azur: “Little Karl, the clairvoyant, who brings the future to us.”
“I can imagine all kinds of pasts that I have never known,” says Lagerfeld, whose apartments invoke a mood that is partly storybook. In 1972, after shedding his contemporary art collection, he moved to an apartment on the Place St-Sulpice and redid it with furniture and objects from the 1920s and 30s. Against the dark floors and walls in tones of white, his Art Deco collection stood out “like diamonds in a Cartier showcase,” he said at the time. In the salon were a shell sofa and chairs in ivory satin from a house decorated by Elsie de Wolfe around 1930, with a lacquered screen by Eileen Gray. Eventually Lagerfeld sold off the pieces, but he remained fascinated by Gray. For a Rome apartment, he and his friend Andree Putman mixed her objects with Fortuny fabric and furniture from the Wiener Werkstatte. Another Roman house, in the 80s, was inspired by ateliers of Nordic painters in the capital in the 1800s.