KARL ZINGS TINA: Never one to hold back on his opinions, Karl Lagerfeld stayed true to form at a press conference here Friday, where he spoke at length on a wide range of subjects, from his love of architect Tadao Ando and stationery to his inability to get tired, generating plenty of laughter along the way. But he launched one of his biggest zingers — a pointed jab at Tina Brown — in the very last minutes of the nearly hour-long session.
Asked by a journalist from Indonesia what he made of a recent Newsweek story claiming that he is overrated, he fired back. “First of all, Tina Brown’s magazine is not doing well at all,” he said before ripping into the credibility of the story. “She is dying,” he continued. “I’m sorry for Tina Brown, who was such a success at Vanity Fair, to go down with a sh—y little paper like this. I’m sorry.”
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Brown declined a request for comment, but tweeted her reply: “The Kaiser doth protest too much! ‘Diet issue?’ Newsweek ads up 27 percent for Q1.”
Meanwhile, those hoping Lagerfeld could one day run for office had better not hold their breath. The designer said he doesn’t even vote and he never talks politics. “I can make jokes about it but that’s all,” he said. “I know too much back situational political life to vote for anybody. It’s OK but they can do without me. One voice can be lost.”
Later Friday, the nearly week-long Chanel party made its way to the brand’s new pop-up shop on a side street near the French house’s Omotesando flagship. The two-level shop, which will be open for three weeks, features iridescent wall coverings, wooden floors and mirrored surfaces.
After the in-store cocktail, some editors made a mad dash to catch the last couple shows of Japan Fashion Week before heading out to Chanel’s after party in a warehouse district of the city. There, guests took a freight elevator to the sprawling party space and took in a performance from rapper Azealia Banks.