MOSCOW — On Friday, Naomi Campbell was wearing a czarist-inspired outfit and perched on the balcony ledge of a ninth-floor presidential suite here. Behind her, jutting from roofs, were gold onion domes and red Soviet stars. Makeup artists buzzed around, their feet almost over the edge of the precipice.
“Paparazzi, there, there, on the roof, I see them,” she suddenly cried.
“Where, where?” came the anxious reply from a scrum of assistants, tanned models and a bodyguard.
In the middle of it all, unruffled and with his camera trained on Campbell, was Karl Lagerfeld.
The designer was in the city — amazingly, his first time ever — for a presentation of the Paris-Moscow collection, which made its debut in Paris in December and pays tribute to Chanel’s Russian links (Coco Chanel and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich were lovers). It was the first time a Chanel collection had been shown in Moscow since 1967. The Campbell shoot, for an issue of V magazine, was something Lagerfeld fit in on the side.
Visiting Moscow wasn’t only a chance for Lagerfeld to trace Chanel’s roots — it was also an opportunity to revisit his own.
In a good-humored interview before the show, Lagerfeld said that, while he’d only been in town a day, he’d already formed some strong opinions about Russians.
“I think the women are better than the men. I think if I were a woman here, I would be a lesbian,” he said sardonically, wearing dark glasses, a custom-made high-collared shirt and a Martin Margiela suit and tie.
But then, remembering whom he’d just photographed, he added: “I met only one very handsome man — that’s the boyfriend of Naomi [real estate mogul Vladislav Doronin]. He’s quite stunning. With the others, maybe I don’t have the right eye.”
Lagerfeld didn’t have a chance to do any sightseeing, not even the attractions on his hotel’s doorstep — Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral. But he said it didn’t really bother him.
“Moscow is a city I knew quite well without coming here because I’m an informed person — there are so many books, novels, photos, that in a way I know it….I have a feeling I know exactly what is in every museum.”
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
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