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Karl Lagerfeld, Fashion’s Shock Jock

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This is a moment of speaking out and freaking out. Today’s off-the-cuff comment is tomorrow’s outrage, and in a world where everyone is a brand, one of the weapons of choice has become the consumer boycott.

Recently Kanye West spurred calls for a boycott of Adidas, his sneaker partner, when he announced in an interview that 400 years of slavery “sounds like a choice.” When Donna Karan put her foot in it on the red carpet after the Weinstein sexual harassment revelations by wondering if women were “asking” for trouble because of how they dressed, a petition was circulated on Care2 for Nordstrom and Macy’s to drop DKNY (even though Ms. Karan had not been associated with the brand since 2015).

Calls to boycott the Ivanka Trump brand by the group #GrabYourWallet began after Donald Trump’s leaked comments about grabbing women in a sexually aggressive manner and continued after Mr. Trump became president (even though Ms. Trump had also stepped away from her brand, after the election).

Dolce & Gabbana even made it an official meta-trend by creating #BoycottDolce&Gabbana T-shirts after a movement had begun to — yes, boycott the brand thanks to its relationship with Melania Trump, the first lady.

Karl Lagerfeld, the longtime creative director of Chanel and Fendi and founder of a namesake brand, is known to be “the greatest talker in Paris since Oscar Wilde,” or so said Godfrey Deeny, the global editor of the Fashion Network. But while he can be terrifically quotable and entertaining, he also has a tendency to utter outrageous things. And lately, that type of comment seems to be escalating.

Last week, Mr. Lagerfeld gave an interview to the French newspaper Le Point in which he said he was considering renouncing his German citizenship because of the one million Muslim immigrants that Angela Merkel, the chancellor, had accepted into Germany, a decision he linked to the rise of neo-Nazism in the country.

The comment made the German newspapers, and followed similar statements Mr. Lagerfeld made last year on a French television talk show in which he said, “One cannot — even if there are decades between them — kill millions of Jews so you can bring millions of their worst enemies in their place.”

That declaration came just after Mr. Lagerfeld, an accomplished cartoonist, had drawn a sketch for the German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of Adolf Hitler thanking Chancellor Merkel for inadvertently allowing the far-right party into parliament. Which itself came before another interview, with the French magazine Numéro, in which Mr. Lagerfeld dismissed the #MeToo movement and asserted, “If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model.”

It’s as if he’s sticking his finger in the light socket to see what will happen.

But here’s what does: not much.

Every time Mr. Lagerfeld makes an incendiary statement, there’s a flurry of upset online, but it is contained, focused on him and not the brands that employ and enable him. There is no call for a boycott of Chanel, Fendi or even his namesake label. The companies themselves don’t even bother to issue the now seemingly de rigueur “We don’t agree, but he is his own person and has a right to his views.” They just tuck their heads in and have no comment, or don’t respond. How come?

There is no doubt that Mr. Lagerfeld occupies a singular space in the style universe. He is someone who has shaped the fashion industry as we know it (and our wardrobes as we know them), alongside names like Giorgio Armani and Rei Kawakubo, and is probably about as close to a living legend as exists in fashion.

A certain tolerance of idiosyncrasy goes along with that — a certain “Oh, it’s just old Uncle Fester doing his thing” — as well as fear when it comes to criticizing the power player in the room. Especially when that power player works for a brand, like Chanel, that is enshrined on a power pedestal.

Indeed, a friend who privately expressed outrage over Mr. Lagerfeld also said: “Don’t quote me, please. I don’t want to lose my fifth row seat at Chanel.” When Sara Ziff, the founder of the Model Alliance, spoke out against Mr. Lagerfeld’s comments on models, she said she received a lot of support via direct messaging from contacts — who then said they could not make their feelings public.

Still, no brand in untouchable. Last May Chanel came under fire in Australia for cultural appropriation after it created a $1,325 Chanel boomerang, and was forced to make a quasi apology, announcing “it was not our intention to disrespect the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.”

And just because the fashion world quivers in its stilettos at the idea of calling time, that doesn’t mean the consuming public should. Which suggests that there is something else going on, and it may have as much to do with the current cultural and political reality as the boycotts do.

Yes, I am talking about Mr. Trump.

As with the president and his tweets, Mr. Lagerfeld has been saying outrageous things so regularly for so long and with such gumption, everyone is numb to the substance. It’s almost expected; he has positioned himself as a provocateur; it’s part of his brand.

And before you can really digest one statement, he is on to the next, all of it said with enough volume and certainty to clear a way through the excess chatter in its path. (Kanye West does this, too, but doesn’t get away with it quite so often.)

We seem to be living in a weird dual reality. Just as we have become more sensitized to the experience of different social groups, we are also more inured to the growth of uncivil discourse, wherever it may originate, on Fox or in fashion.

Still, when it comes to fashion, Mr. Deeny thinks there are at least signs of change. “It was striking that after Chanel’s most recent cruise show, staff informed journalists at the after-party inside the massive cruise liner in the Grand Palais that they could ‘seulement saluer,’ or only greet, Karl and not ask him any questions,” he said, noting that this had the result of minimizing the risk of what Mr. Lagerfeld might say.

“After 25 years of meeting Karl before and after shows for WWD, Vogue Hommes, Le Figaro and now Fashion Network, I cannot remember the last time that ever happened.”

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Absolutely essential Dresses for summertime

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Absolutely essential Dresses for summertime

Stuffing your closet with different dress styles is actually a good step this summer, due to the fact they could be worn in a great number of different ways. There are actually countless multipurpose dress variations to pick from which are suited for use at all times of the day. A dress is a perfect garment to get decked out in, or alternatively throw on as an informal outfit. Dresses offer comfort and glamour, a real heroine of one’s wardrobe. Here are some fashionable dress styles that absolutely merit a spot in your closet ready for when it comes to summer.

The Maxi Dress

Maxi Dresses are a lot of enjoyment to wear and extremely functional. All through the breeziness of a long scorching summers day you’ll enjoy the flattering, womanly feeling this dress delivers. Maxi dresses are superb for keeping fresh without revealing all. Perfect for just about all sizes and shapes, a summer Maxi is perfect with a wedge heel shoe or roman sandals, and an additional belt highlight to emphasise the curve around the hips. Go to AX Paris for Maxi Dresses to suit your style and budget.

Midi

For taller ladies, a midi dress can be highly flattering. A very fashionable way to wear this style of dress at this point in time is in the form of a single colour block worn with a flat and relaxed shoe together with a summer season purse that ‘impresses’.

The Party Dress

This may not be very first choice for heading to the seaside, however for any summer evening, a party dress is really a must. A stylish party dress is actually the answer to your steamy summer night requirements and will certainly turn heads anywhere you go, whether it is a short or a long style. Simple to add some finishing touches, slide on your best heels or flatter shoes, and a designer purse and some statement jewelry and you’re geared up for an outstanding night out.

The Shift Dress

Bosomy, rounded women will like the way they look in a shift. Shift dresses may be found in a wide range of materials, tones and designs, making it easy to uncover delicate, bright styles that you fall in love with this summertime. Another style of dress that easily transfers from informal daywear to chic eveningwear simply with the addition of heels.

The Long Shirt Style

Stylish girls will be drawn towards the shirt style dress, the remarkably popular, fashionable dress of the time. Shirt style dresses are available in the market in a large selection of materials, styles, and colors, making them really flexible for all types of events, and the ideal item to accessorize with. They offer a laid-back appearance and look impeccable when paired with heels, flatter shoes or virtually any kind of footwear.

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The meaning of diamond ring

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The meaning of diamond ring

1 carat: You are my everything
1 carat is 100 points, which means love you 100% without reservation. At the same time, the integer number of diamonds above 1 carat is also very collectible. The room for appreciation is also very large, and can also be used as a heirloom promise rings.

2 carat diamond: You and me equal to us

1+1=2, me + you = us. The world of one person is lonely, the world of two people is sweet.

3 carat diamond: The love of the past, present, and future

3 carats of diamonds symbolizing the love of past, present and future, not limited by time and space till forever name necklaces.

4 carat diamond: Live with you forever

4 carats of diamonds represent it is enough to have you a lifetime.

5 carat diamond: You are my other half

The 5-carat diamond symbolizes “you are my other half”, expressing your good wishes for living with your loved ones.

6 carat diamonds: Everything goes well

The 6-carat diamond symbolizes a lifetime of companionship with your lover and wishes that everything goes well.
The maintenance of diamond rings is very important in daily life. If you want your diamond ring that shines forever, learn more about the maintenance of the diamond ring.

1. Diamonds are lipophilic

It is easy to get stains, which weakens the luster and brilliance effect of the diamond. So don’t touch the diamond custom name necklace often, try not to wear diamonds in the kitchen while cooking or washing clothes.
2. Keep the diamond away from hot oxidants such as bleach and disinfectant. It will erode some of the diamond’s crystallographically weaker crystal faces, creating artificial craters and fading the setting.
3. Diamond is the hardest substance in nature, but it is also very brittle. Try not to put diamond customized necklace jewelry together, otherwise they will hurt each other. Diamond jewelry should be wrapped in a jewelry box or a transparent plastic bag with a soft handkerchief. Do not put it in a plastic box. It is recommended to gently wipe it with a soft cloth before storing.
4. Regularly use a pair of tweezers or toothpicks to toggle the diamond monogram necklace to check for looseness. It is best to check every 3 years to see if it is loose or worn and re-fixed and polished.
5. If you are cleaning at home, you can use a cup of warm water, add a little detergent (preferably neutral), put the mothers rings jewelry into the water, and then wipe it clean. You can also go to the store to clean it for free.
The diamond ring is really beautiful, but it will become dim if it is not maintained at all. If you want your diamond ring to be beautiful forever, then take care of it, just like maintaining your love, so that love will always be gorgeous!

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