Karl Lagerfeld is a German fashion designer, artist and photographer who is now based in Paris. He is most well known as head designer and creative director of the French fashion house Chanel and the Italian house Fendi. He also has his own successful label. As a recognised style icon, his trademark is his white hair tied back in a ponytail, his dark glasses and his stiff, high white collars. He is an enigma – a mysterious man with multiple layers and facets. This documentary follows his activities for several months to try to get closer to him and understand how he thinks.
I love watching movies like this. It’s a documentary that’s a “fly on the wall” biopic to show Karl Lagerfeld doing his day-to-day ordinary things. There’s no doubt that he is eccentric – he won’t be photographed without his glasses – and he’s an excellent artist – we watch him sketch several times, which is magical. But he presents a dilemma – confusing and highly fascinating at the same time – he’s direct and honest about himself, but can also get into long raves about his life philosophies that perhaps make sense only to him. The movie makes a big fuss about Nicole Kidman being part of it, but she doesn’t feature for long. I was far more interested in the surprise appearance of Princess Caroline of Monaco at a private function. I’m not sure that we are any better informed about Karl Lagerfeld at the conclusion of the movie, but it’s good to watch if you like this type of thing.
Made in 2007. Directed by Rodolophe Marconi,