Fashion News: Karl Lagerfeld advised Diane Kruger on ‘Queen’ role


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One of the first people actress Diane Kruger called when she won the role of Marie Antoinette in ‘Farewell, My Queen’ was Karl Lagerfeld, she tells the Wall Street Journal. ‘I’ve known him since I was 16 years old and today he’s both a friend and a neighbor,’ she said. ‘He is obsessed with Versailles and Marie Antoinette. When I got the part of the queen he was one of the first people I called, and I walked over to his home and picked his brain for inspiration.’ The Journal also says that much of the actress’ fashion ‘ascent’ can be credited to Lagerfeld. [WSJ]

In the ad campaign for Lady Gaga’s soon-to-be-released new fragrance, tiny little men climb all over the nude star as she reclines, propped up on one elbow holding the egg-shaped bottle of the scent, called Fame. The photo was shot by Steven Klein, but it may be a bit too risque for major retailers to display. [Fashionista]


After the dust-up last week over Ralph Lauren making the opening ceremony uniforms for the U.S. Olympic team in China, Lauren has pledged to make the uniforms for the 2014 Olympics in the U.S. of A. [Los Angeles Times]

Speaking of Olympians, champion figure skater Evan Lysacek, 27, is the new roommate of fashion designer Vera Wang, 63, who just last week announced her separation from husband Arthur Becker after 23 years of marriage. It’s unclear whether they are platonic or romantic roomies, though. [The Cut]

Models Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Lily Cole and Georgia May Jagger ‘will strut the catwalk to David Bowie songs ‘Fashion’ and ‘Rebel Rebel’,’ during the London Summer Olympics closing ceremonies, according to several British newspapers. But it is unclear whether any Olympic officals have confirmed the reports. [The Cut]

Finalists have been named for this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund competition (won last year by Joseph Altuzarra). They are Andrea Lieberman of A.L.C.; Greg Armas, Assembly New York; Sofia Sizzi, Giulietta; Justin Salguero, Daniel Silberman, and Alina Silberman, Illesteva; Jennifer Fisher, Jennifer Fisher Jewelry; Jennifer Meyer Maguire, Jennifer Meyer; Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty, Suno; Tabitha Simmons, Tabitha Simmons; Greg Chait, the Elder Statesman and Wes Gordon, Wes Gordon. Contenders will go through several challenges — including staging full-fledged runway shows at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles — before a winner and runners-up are named in November. At stake are cash awards and mentorships. [Vogue]

Eileen Fisher’s fall ad campaign will include a graphic element to indicate items that are sustainably produced. An ampersand will signal that there is more information available on the brand’s website about the sustainable practices used in a garment’s manufacture. About 25% of the line’s offerings at present reportedly are sustainable. [WWD]

Costume designer Jacqueline Durran’s ‘Anna Karenina’ collection for Banana Republic, due out along with the film’s release around the holidays this year, interprets the clothing of the 19th century Russian aristocracy into modern-day dresses, military-inspired outerwear, fur accessories and elegant baubles. [Styleite]


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— Susan Denley