Monday, May 5, 2008


Some of the World's most influential people:
Time magazine has just published its annual list of the 100 most influential people of the world: Leaders, thinkers, heroes, artists, scientists and major fashion people.

One of those is Carine Roitfelt from French Vogue (editor-in-chief). Roitfeld's been called "the stilettoed embodiment of modern dressing" by the New York Times. She calls her style "tacky chic"; "tacky cheek" might be closer to the mark: she once featured a model on her cover dressed as an Anna Wintour clone. (via Time)

Carine, 53, has always been a charismatic Parisian, one of the most Parisian women I know, in every detail of her life. She has immaculate taste, and she is beyond unconventional in her thinking. With time I discovered that we shared a few principles: a preference for the "now" rather than the "new," a preference for imperfection rather than so-called good taste and an attitude driven by intuition rather than reason. Most of all, she has an innate ability to mix street culture and society, always avoiding the caricatures that can define both worlds and always recognizing the mix of both worlds as the only catalyst of energy and creativity.(Hedi Slimane-via Time)

The other one is Karl Lagerfeld. Chanel has always symbolized elegance; the brand's identity has always been crystal-clear. It is how Karl Lagerfeld has pushed the boundaries of what is possible, reinventing classic Chanel pieces without compromising the integrity of Coco Chanel's original designs, that commands such respect. The initial context of his work demanded a kind of radicalism. Before Karl, we all looked to couture for inspiration and direction. Now, through his work, fashion originates from the street, the media—anywhere. This has resulted in exciting collections that are provocative and sensual. His unrelenting experimentation in fashion, art and photography offers us endless possibilities yet is always grounded and relevant. (Zaha Hadid-via Time)

The last but not the least profile belongs to Takashi Murakami. When I first saw Takashi Murakami's work, I smiled and wondered, Where did this explosion come from? Who was responsible for this collision of psychedelia, manga and, well, art? Then I thought, I would love it if the mind that imagined this dizzying world of jellyfish eyes, singing moss, magic mushrooms and morphing creatures would be willing to have a go at the iconic Louis Vuitton monogram. (Marc Jacobs- via Time)

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