Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Ode to Karl, Kitty-Bombed, and Sad Cerise

As y'all probably know, designer Karl Lagerfeld died this week. I have exactly two Karl Lagerfeld items in my wardrobe, and chose to wear the more vintage one in honour of his life. The other one (this leopard top) is modern and of the "fast fashion" variety.
Like many artists, there is often the push-and-pull of "boy, he was a jerk" and "what an impact he had."

  • Blazer - KL by Karl Lagerfeld, vintage 80s, consignment; last seen here in October 2018 with wallpaper pants
  • Blouse - Sylvia Lee for Barcelino per Donna, vintage, consignment; first worn here in January with cream and these same shoes
  • Skirt - Gianfranco Ferre, vintage 80s, vintage store, Vancouver; last worn here in December 2018 (same tights) with velvet and Armani
  • Shoes - Teapot Sencha, Fluevog; last seen here in January with this same blouse
  • Sleeveless coat (below) - Only, thrifted; last worn here yesterday

My blog-friend Wendy Brandes did an excellent and thorough post here on him, so I'll let her say it better than I could. Go read it, I'll wait.
 It wasn't a coincidence that I put this blazer with some of my very nicest vintage pieces to show it off. It's a statement on its own! You can't really see the blouse, but there are good shots in the "last worn" up above. It's silk and is just lovely.

As I was doing my quick poses this morning, Vizzini caught my attention.
"The hallway seems very interesting. More than your jacket."
The skirt is one of my very first good quality designer pieces that I bought EVER, way back here in 2009, on one of our - my and L's-  anniversary jaunts to Vancouver.

But back to Karl's jacket! I love the sheer inventiveness of the asymmetrical lapels and the curved hemline.
"Blah blah. Hallway, Woman! Let me out!"

Teensy-eensy pockets, though. They were still stitched up when I bought it, but of course, I opened them. Where else would I jam my hands?

As I headed for the outside staircase for my stair pictures, Vizzini was hot on my heels.
"Yes, this is where I must go!"

He did scoot out, but I gently pushed him back inside. He was not happy.

It's also at this time that I realized I'd forgotten to put my lipstick on. D'oh!
"I didn't want to go in the hallway, anyway. I'll just lick my bum."

Tah-dah! Matching deep red lipstick (MAC's Dubonnet, if you care). That's better!

Outerwear - we are back to our proper temperatures, which are perfect for this sleeveless coat over the wool/cashmere blazer.
"Heh, I'm hiding from the Woman."

  • Fur scarf - Danier Leather
  • Gloves - Parkhurst

By the end of the day, it was sunny and I was far too warm for the accoutrements.

The stuff:
 I've had these shoes for around 7 years, and today some salad dressing dripped on my toe. Oh no! You can see the oil stain. No!

Black bling:
Some more classy vintage with my Grandma J's jet/crystal necklace. But look at this big oil drip on the cerise leather. My shoes look like they are crying! Wah, they are sad!

  • Necklace - vintage 50s, Grandma J's
  • Earrings - thrifted
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes
  • Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower

Well, no use crying over spilt salad dressing. I put some corn starch on the toe and I'll leave it there for a few days to (hopefully) soak up the oil.
 If worst comes to worst, I can always oil the shoes to match, right?

Another shot of Vizzini, who thought he was hiding.
"A cat? Where?"

He's such a character.
"I am what I am."


  1. Replies
    1. He was being such a monkey! He was in the first pic too, but I cropped him out.

  2. RIP Karl Lagerfield, lover of cats and hater of sweat pants, what a man! His designs for Chloe in the 1970s were my favourite.
    What a lovely way to remember the great man, by wearing that pretty blue blazer.
    Poor Vizzini, trying to make a bid for freedom. Frank's grounded at the moment after hurting his leg on his garden adventures. He's sitting by my feet looking pitifully at me as I type. xxx

    1. I have to agreed with Karl on those two points, at least! Vizzini is feeling the first breath of spring, and is craving the deck right now, but it's too cold. The hallway is his alternate. Aw, I hope Frank is getting better, poor little guy!

  3. lovely post, very inspiring!, and lovely to see your blazer once more, what a fabulous piece, the lapels and shape are amazing!
    Sorry about your shoes, oily stains are a damn nightmare!
    And Vizzini is a rockstar!!

    1. It's a lovely piece - I'm so glad I got it. I know, I am really hoping that the oil comes out!

      He knows it! What a scamp.

  4. Oh no, so sorry about your shoes! I've tried the cornstarch things with bags before and never had much success - even if I heat up the leather with a hairdrier! I hope you have better luck.

    Wearing that pretty jacket is a great tribute too! The only Chanel pieces I have are pre-Karl vintage ones, I have a necklace and earrings I've lost somewhere, and my bag is nearly as old as me!

    1. Ooh, the hairdryer is a good idea. Thanks, Mica, I hope it comes out - if not, I will try oiling both shoes to at least make them match.

      Wow, nice - you have real Chanel! I knew you'd have a bag!

  5. How apt that you were able to pay tribute to Karl Lagerfeld by wearing that amazing blazer! It looks just perfect with the skirt which initially I thought were culottes when I saw the second photo ;-) Vizzini clearly isn't impressed: Karl who? So sorry about the shoes, I do hope the corn starch does the trick! xxx

    1. Thank you, Ann! I know, that double-front-and-back slit is deceiving, isn't it? Vizzini isn't impressed by much, ha ha!

      Me too - I would hate to have to give up these shoes!

  6. What an incredibly-stylish jacket. Suits your personality well.

    1. You were there when I bought it! House of Savoy! Such great memories!

  7. That jacket is amazing -- such a gorgeous colour and distinctive cut. Lovely tribute, Sheila!

    1. Thank you, Cynthia! It's actually a really tricky shade of blue.

  8. Thanks for the love ... and wow! The lapels on that jacket. Fabulous!

    1. Always, darlin'! I know - so very cool, and so very distinctive.

  9. I don't know much about Karl so I'll have to give your friend's blog post a read. You do have an eye for designer vintage fashion, don't you? X

  10. I do think Vizzini thinks he's the main attraction on this blog! I remember being totally in love with Karl Lagerfeld top on Asos about 8 years ago- it was a white blouse with a chiffon pleated caped shoulder- it was so dreamy! I couldn't justify the reduced price of £83 so I never bought it! Your jacket is super- I like the way it matches your glasses too!

    1. Oh, he definitely does! Karl had a really good eye for timeless looks. Thanks so much!

  11. I do not have anything from Karl in my closet. I have come across a few pieces but never truly loved one to take the plunge.
    Your blazer on the other hand is quite a beauty. The cut, the color, it's a marvelous piece Sheila and its styled just right.
    I'm heading over to read Wendy's piece.

    1. And it's wool/cashmere! It's really a lovely piece and I'm glad I splurged on it. I found Wendy's post very well-balanced, plus she has all the links.

  12. Am keen to hear if the first aid on the shoes worked or was it plan B to just oil them all up? Love your post being an ode to Karl with this fabulous jacket - the lapels are ace! I too thought the skirt was shorts but hey that would have been cool too x

    1. The corn starch blurred the edges of the spill - I've been oiling them and hoping for the best.

      Thanks, Anna! Yeah, it would have!

  13. I really like the colour and the cut of the Lagerfeld jacket. I put a photo of Karl on my IG the day he died and got a bunch of comments from one person who wanted to make sure we all knew what a "horrible, disgusting, misogynist, etc." he was. I know he was not known for his compassion or tolerance but you can't deny what he did for the House of Chanel.

    1. It's so unusual, isn't it? Arg, yes, yes, we know - but he was also a great artist.


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