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21. November 2012

Karl Lagerfeld is a clothes designer. He has worked for Chanel and Fendi, Charles Jourdan and Chloe, to name a few. He has designed outfits for Madonna and Kyle Minogue. He has his own brand. He is his own brand.

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On his website he has several “Karlisms,” including such lines as “Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.”

Of course. Nothing like a little nonsensical philosophy (poetry?) to make one all the more profound, right?

And he is a photographer. Almost as good a one as he is a philosopher (poet?).

Given his haute couture positioning, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars worked with him as part of the automakers Icons of Art series.

Lagerfeld, of course, showed photos he’d taken of Rolls-Royce vehicles.

Speaking of his photos of the cars vis-à-vis his photographic art, Lagerfeld said: “I can no longer view life without juxtaposing its abstraction. I view the world, fashion and automobiles through my camera lens. That allows me to keep a critical distance to my work. This approach serves me more than I had ever thought possible in my view of reality. Each of my shots of the Rolls-Royce is the abstract representation of a concrete reality. The technical medium of photography is a welcome means for my artistic work, creating my different view.”

Of course. We’re thinking philosopher, not poet. Perhaps.

Lagerfeld once illustrated Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. Lagerfeld once produced a series of photos of nude celebrities using that title.

As you may recall, the tale is about a king being conned by, well, a couple of fashion designers.

Given photos like this:

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we’re wondering whether the executives of Rolls-Royce have read the tale.

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