A Day With The KAISER

Ken­neth Goh talks to Karl Lager­feld as he pre­pares for the Chanel Cruise ’14 show.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Style -

Beau­ti­ful lace de­tails on an evening en­sem­ble the right of Lager­feld, and there I sit for the next 90 min­utes, ob­serv­ing the mod­els be­ing pa­raded in front of the Kaiser.

Sam McKnight, the fa­mous Bri­tish hairdresser and loyal Chanel col­lab­o­ra­tor, comes out im­me­di­ately to ad­just the wisps of flat-ironed hair. He looks con­cerned, and turns to look at the Kaiser, seem­ingly for his nod of ap­proval. Lager­feld flu­ently switches from French to English when he ad­dresses McKnight. “I love it; it looks very chic,” he says and McKnight looks vis­i­bly re­lieved. Even some­one of his cal­i­bre can get ner­vous in front of Lager­feld. That’s the in­cred­i­ble power that Lager­feld im­poses in a room. There is no one else in the room that mat­ters ex­cept the Kaiser.

Laeti­tia Cra­hay, cre­ative di­rec­tor of Mai­son Michel and in-charge of cos­tume jew­ellery, is fling­ing jewels around the room as if in a wa­ter dance. She adds an ar­mour­like neck­lace on Chi­nese su­per­model, Sui He, which Lager­feld im­me­di­ately de­clares as way too heavy. It’s promptly re­moved and re­placed with two dan­gling drop ear­rings in her left ear lobe. Sui He marches down the room. “You look per­fect,” says Lager­feld in rap­tur­ous agree­ment, and with a sin­gle wave of his gloved hand, Sui He is wafted away. “Put your hand in your pocket and walk like this,” he ges­tic­u­lates next, to cat­walk dar­ling Saskia de Brauw, who is in a white vest, trousers, and man-style tweed jacket. She de­fines cool with one hand clutch­ing her

Karl Lager­feld as­sesses whether the model should wear a neck­lace or just walk down the run­way with two ear­rings

Del­i­cate tweed work on a mono­chrome dress

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