Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Dear Gossips, 

They’re calling it the end of an era – and this is not an overstatement. Chanel will change after Karl Lagerfeld, just as it did when Karl first took over. As he said when he took over, “What I’ve done, Coco Chanel would never have done. She would have hated it.” And also, “If you want to kill a house, show respect”.

What he meant by that is that by honouring someone or something too much, your own voice gets lost. You can’t be an original if you keep paying tribute. The Chanel we know now is all Karl. It is indeed the end of an era, in so many different ways.

If you’ve been visiting this site for a while, you know that one of our constant themes is that caring about fashion is not a character flaw, that it has value, that Fashion Is Important – as an art form and as a form of expression. And, of course, no one expresses themselves quite like Karl Lagerfeld. He’s a shady, petty bitch…in the best and worst ways. In the most quotable way. This is why he became even more popular, and perhaps powerful, in the age of social media. During the rise of digital communication, here was a man in his 70s and 80s entertaining all generations, including millennials, saying whatever the f-ck he wanted with pretty much no risk, even though, well, a lot of what he said was offensive. Karl’s a fat-shamer, he’s a short-man-shamer, he’s a Pippa Middleton shamer (go look that one up if you’ve forgotten), and a narcissist and an elitist – which shouldn’t be an unfair observation to make, not even today. Because Karl was complicated, intentionally. Even Chanel’s official statement acknowledges both his creative talent and his personality – per WWD:

“It is with deep sadness that the house of Chanel announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld,” Chanel said in a statement, without providing additional details such as the time or cause of death.

“A prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films. The house of Chanel benefited from his talent for all the branding campaigns related to fashion since 1987. Finally, one cannot refer to Karl Lagerfeld without mentioning his innate sense of repartee and self-mockery.”

Virginie Viard, Chanel’s fashion studio director, who has worked with Karl for over 30 years, has been named as his successor. If you’ve watched any Chanel documentary in the last decade, and the Chanel episode of Netflix’s 7 Days Out, you’re familiar with Virginie and her status within the organisation. She is, naturally, French. Karl loved nothing more than French-ness. She is one of the only people in his life allowed to use “tu” when speaking to him in French instead of the formal “vous”. Virginie Viard is fiercely loyal, she guarded his secrets, is considered one of Karl’s most trustworthy “Chanelettes”, so it’s a choice he likely endorsed, and perhaps even engineered. Reminds me of the piece about Karl in W Magazine written by Virginie Mouzat about Karl’s muses back in 2012, another Virginie that Karl was fond of – it’s worth a re-read if you have already and if you haven’t, you definitely want to get to that today. This paragraph, at the end, in particular. 

Viard had suddenly recalled how 10 years ago, as her grandmother, to whom she was very close, neared death, Lagerfeld—seeing her sadness—approached her. “You know,” he said, “one day you won’t have me anymore, either.”

And what will she do then? Viard, along with the rest of Lagerfeld’s Chanelettes—¬having learned from the master—knows that the best thing is to not even think about it.

Karl famously found death distasteful. “There was—and still is—nothing more repulsive to Lagerfeld than death and all it entails: funerals, weakness, illness, the past.” This was reflected in his approach to his work –he kept moving, he never had an attachment to his collections once they were presented; all he ever wanted to do was to get to the next designs. In the end though, with respect to Chanel and Virginie especially, it would seem that, perhaps, he did, before his death, make plans for beyond; that he did, in fact, think about it. And I wonder, as he said of himself when he took over the house, whether or not he would expect Virginie to truly follow in his footsteps and not show the respect. 

"Don't dress to kill, dress to survive." – Karl Lagerfeld 
Yours in gossip,


February 19, 2019 ā€“ Smutty Shout-Outs

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 19, 2019 15:23:57 February 19, 2019 15:23:57
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J – this is from your little sister who misses you: here’s Keith Richards from “back in his heyday” because you are his biggest fan. The story about you going to the trial KILLS ME. Hoping this makes you smile and lifts your spirits.   Full Story

Monday, February 18, 2019

Dear Gossips,

It’s Oscar week! It’s also Family Day for half of Canada and President’s Day in the US – if you’re joining us, it means you’re working too. We’ll try to get you through a light day.  Read Full Intro

What Else? 

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 18, 2019 21:17:04 February 18, 2019 21:17:04

This Jussie Smollett situation….does not look good for Jussie Smollett. And we will definitely write about it once everything is presented, once the case is laid out, and people are ready to go on the record publicly about what really happened, even though it’s looking more and more like what really happened is not what Jussie is still insisting happened. Full Story

The Mystery of the Drag Race AS4 Finale

Prem Posted by Prem at February 18, 2019 20:57:51 February 18, 2019 20:57:51
Instagram/ RuPaul's Drag Race

The finale of All Stars 4 was some f-ckery, with a helping of bulls-t on the side. Instead of crowning one queen as the winner of the crown, Ru decided that for the first time in Drag Race herstory, there would be two winners. Understandably, people were upset with the result, feeling that it both “cheapened the crown” and that it was unfair to all the queens in the past who would have benefitted from a tie, and to the winning queens themselves because it undervalued their hard work, effort, time, and money put into this competition. Full Story

Celebrity Social Media, February 18, 2019

Maria Posted by Maria at February 18, 2019 19:13:39 February 18, 2019 19:13:39
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The Beckhams were on display at Victoria’s London Fashion Week show, including Harper’s bob, which Anna Wintour must have loved. After the show, the kids horsed around with hair extensions backstage, then family went for lunch with her parents and sister and David’s mum, along with all of the kids, including Brooklyn’s girlfriend Hana Cross. Full Story

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Rogen + Theron = unlikely rom-com

Sarah Posted by Sarah at February 18, 2019 17:08:19 February 18, 2019 17:08:19
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Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron made a movie with the unlikely working title “Flarsky”. The movie was known to be a comedy, but the title was so WTF everyone sort of wondered if Rogen and his creative partner, Evan Goldberg, had maybe pushed things too far. Turns out: No. Retitled The Long Shot, the movie tested incredibly well—so well, it was pushed from a February death-date to prime summer real estate in June 2019. Full Story

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Miranda Lambert: Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?

Maria Posted by Maria at February 18, 2019 16:01:44 February 18, 2019 16:01:44
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There’s messy, and then there’s Miranda Lambert. This woman is a hurricane. Last week, Lainey mentioned that Miranda had a salad tossing (no double entendre intended) incident at a Nashville steakhouse. She got very fired up because someone insulted her “friend.” In the TMZ video Full Story

William and Harry: imminent household division

Lainey Posted by Lainey at February 18, 2019 15:22:52 February 18, 2019 15:22:52
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Back in the fall, the Sunday Times reported that Princes William and Harry were looking into separating their households, now that Harry is married and expecting a child and he and Meghan Markle will be moving away from Kensington Palace. All of which is understandable. These are two individuals with different responsibilities, now grown. Full Story

Friday, February 15, 2019

Dear Gossips,

We are now inside ten days until the Oscars. Earlier this week the Academy confirmed its second round of presenters including Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Laura Dern, Samuel L Jackson, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, and more.  Read Full Intro