1. CD

    July 25, 2008 at 9:52 am

    I just read “The Beautiful Fall”, the story of Paris in the 70′s, Lagerfeld and YSL…fascinating and a great summer read. Have you read it Sart? I am really in awe of KL…more than ever, after that.

  2. Groovymarlin

    July 25, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Any thoughts on why Lagerfeld always wears this costume? He’s such a fascinating character.

  3. Gabriela

    July 25, 2008 at 11:00 am

    I like the way Lagerfeld makes an insitution out of his own image and personality.

    To be honest, I never smelled that cologne, I bet it is not just one of those that smells like thousands of others. I’ll look for it some of this days, this post made me want to sample it!

  4. Paolo and Alexa

    July 25, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Wow, once again you have captured God! When say Stonybrook do you mean Stonybrook, Long Island?

  5. The Sartorialist

    July 25, 2008 at 11:20 am

    stonybrook Junior High in Indianapolis

  6. smplysavge

    July 25, 2008 at 11:45 am

    i always knew that lagerfeld looked like this but only today did i have the chance to open up a large close up file of him to realize that he is such a “punk”! His is 50, 60? long white hair,shades, always in black and wears netted fingerless gloves (with such glamor)! i have been re-inspired to rebel and wear my own style from now on until i’m dead!

  7. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 11:45 am

    When I was 17 I rode the bus from NY to Toronto. An extremely well-groomed man swept down the aisle wearing a fragrance that just intoxicated me. For years I searched, and finally found LAGERFELD. It is one of my favorite scents of all time. I even wear it myself on occasion! Whenever my husband wears it someone always asks him what it is.

  8. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 11:50 am

    oops those look like perforated leather gloves..instead

  9. Kate

    July 25, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    his collar fascinates me. but nevertheless he is one of the coolest germans around. he makes me want to move from here to paris. or at least visit.

  10. Peas and Nuts

    July 25, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    but in uncoolness, you were cool in itself…I talk like a hipster.

    tell me if this is wrong, but I want to start dressing like a University T.A. and

    wear plain colored t-shirts from the gap, easy fit jeans, rock a beer gut, and wear merrells.

    Just looks cool…

  11. Peas and Nuts

    July 25, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    actually, I just read the comments and I thought you meant Stonybook University in Long Island.

  12. António Erre

    July 25, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    The great Karl! Maybe the last one of the Haute Couture tradition… What fragrance did you use, Sart? His fragrance “Jacko” is one of my favourite. Is it the one you wear, or “Photo”? Both are extremelly dificult to find nowadays, but I still have a few bottles…

  13. M.

    July 25, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Of course, Lagerfield’s work is great and enviable and wonderful but everytime I see a picture of him I can’t help but thinking that he looks like a scary Puritan man who disaproves of laughter and color and any sort of nonsense

  14. "Robby"

    July 25, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Love the way Lagerfeld insist on wearing black every day….and to the 9′s.. brilliant man

  15. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    I never understood the adulation for this man: His work for Chanel and his own label are all so disposable. With the exception of his ethereal Chanel Haute Couture collections, I always find him more an overhyped institution who consistently churns out such random designs. Having said that, I do admire him for losing over 100 lbs. just so he can fit into Monsieur Slimane’s brilliant designs ;-)


  16. HOGAN-the londoner

    July 25, 2008 at 1:21 pm





  17. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    To be fair, all Lagerfeld did was design the bottle that held Ron Winnegrade’s work.

  18. ric

    July 25, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Very interesting…I didn’t know you were from Indy!

  19. Alicia

    July 25, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    God I love this man. He is the definition of a fashion persona. It’s like you can feel him coming through his clothes, and he’s bitchin!

  20. vavavinny

    July 25, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Ah! The Kaiser donning his usual skinny black pantsuit and priest-esque collar! You know someone is an icon when they are instantly recognizable based on the outfit they have on.

    Sart, it is nice to hear you are a Midwesterner as well!

  21. Crossed

    July 25, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Polo cologne was popular at John Marshall H.S. at the time. Hello from Indianapolis.

  22. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Does KL have an 18th c style ponytail back there behind the high collar?

    For some reason this photo gives Lagerfeld a Bill of Kill Bill/medicine man/priest/cowboy aspect I have never associated with him before.

  23. John

    July 25, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    is he holding a cassette tape?

  24. Eugene Kim

    July 25, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    so legendary…

  25. muir mackean

    July 25, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Bond Villain chic

  26. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Am I the only person on earth who liked Lagerfeld better when he was big? He ust looks like an undertaker to me now.

  27. Filomena

    July 25, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    That’s like a uniform for him.

  28. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Is he wearing make-up?

  29. Sharifa

    July 25, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    All hail the master! *Basks in the scent of YSL* LOL


    July 25, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    LOVE him, I really do.

  31. Erin

    July 25, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    I used to wear Lagerfeld sometimes myself. I would steal it from my Brother! lol! But it really was a beautiful fragrance and had the best essence! Thanks for a walk down memory lane. Now…If I could just find some Perry Ellis for Women and some Anne Klein II Perfumes I would be in Heaven!

  32. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Ohhh my hero!!!
    Did you actually ask Monsieur Lagerfeld to pose for this shot?
    I’m curious about the interaction behind this pic :)

  33. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    I love the way he carries himself! He’s genius!! I actually got a chance to work very close to him and he seemed so warm and easy to talk to.

  34. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 2:39 am

    Lagerfeld's scent reminds me of high school…it was my favorite scent – I rocked a Flock of Seagulls haircut, wore men's double breasted jackets & stole my boyfriends bottle of Lagerfeld. It became my signature scent – it would shock all the boys that I wore it. Ah sweet memories!

  35. phyllis

    July 26, 2008 at 8:25 am

    smplysavge – did you know he’s actually 74? He was born in 1933. He neither smokes nor drinks, never has, so that has something to do with it surely.

  36. Miiiiiiiimi

    July 26, 2008 at 8:34 am

    haha i went to a stonybrook too! but it was a different generation and an elementary school; kids just smelled like crayons and apple juice usually.

  37. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 7:34 am

    He is a man of renaissance in our modern age… he seems so old and yet so vibrant at the same time. I bet his eyes talk too much about what he knows (or he wants to be free to look into people), that is the reason he keeps them behind shades. Lagerfeld is intense and stirring, the cologne and the man

  38. Butch

    July 27, 2008 at 9:21 am

    The sarcophagus lid rises slowly; a black-glved hand emerges…then the body slowly sits upright.

    The head is perched precariously, supported, seemingly, by a large stiff collar; the figure, dressed almost entirely in black, has shockingly white hair that appears powdered. The face is more ancient than time…..

  39. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I realize that this is not a popular opinion, but I find Karl Lagerfeld absolutely terrifying. He always looks like he is about use my kittens as couture.

  40. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Absloutely recognisable, but some wit or humour or lighthearted tongue in cheek something – anything – would help…this doesn’t feel like now, it feels like the 80s/90s to me.

  41. hope in uptown

    July 27, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    He is such a lasting monument! Though I personally think Mugler/Gaultier/Montana better epitomized French Forward Fashion, he obviously has lasted.

    And his original cologne is still yummy good.

  42. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 2:03 am

    I find his look since he lost weight so sad. He reminds me of an aging woman trying to pretend she’s still a girl. He wears the collar and the gloves because you can’t disguise age in the neck or in the hands, and it’s so depressing to me that he despises his own body so much. He should be proud to be who he his, and to be his age. He’s just so pathetic now. (I mean pathetic in its sad sense, not derisively.)

  43. Jack Daniel

    July 28, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    So what cologne are you wearing right now, Scott?

  44. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you so much for paying homme-age(lol) to what I think is one of the best smelling colognes in der Welt! Two generations of women in my family flock to this scent (including me) and would even wear it themselves (personally, the only next-best cologne-scent is Paul Smith London). Mr. Lagerfeld needs to seriosly consider a re-issue (I can’t find it anywhere). If only I could smell it now…

  45. blackbetty

    August 12, 2008 at 10:11 am

    ahhh, love this man.

  46. Kate

    August 27, 2008 at 9:57 am

    No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die! Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!

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  48. BNH

    January 5, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Mr K L is indeed an inspiration to most fashionistas! J’adore!

  49. Marcos Silvo Nogales

    June 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    that is the one and only “SPECIAL ONE”!
    Good to have you in our world Karl

  50. Michael the man who sews

    June 7, 2016 at 3:37 am

    I just say: “Karl, der Große!”

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