Wednesday 18 October 2017

Inès de la Fressange: Fashion is turbulent

Karl Lagerfeld and 80s supermodel and Chanel muse Inès de la Fressange take to the catwalk during Paris fashion week. Photo: Getty Images
Karl Lagerfeld and 80s supermodel and Chanel muse Inès de la Fressange take to the catwalk during Paris fashion week. Photo: Getty Images

Inès de la Fressange wasn’t that shocked by John Galliano’s downfall as there’s always "turbulence" in fashion.

The star was one of the most famous models in the 80s, working as Karl Lagerfeld’s muse and strutting down runways for many of the big fashion houses. The 53-year-old is now brand ambassador for Roger Vivier and was recently announced as the newest face of L'Oréal Paris.

She attended the recent Parish Fashion Week, which was marred by the scandal surrounding Galliano. He was sacked as Christian Dior head designer after he allegedly made racist remarks during an argument in France, which he’ll stand trial for later this year.

Fressange has discussed the scandal, saying it is linked to the modern way of life.

“Fashion is like this. It’s a reflection of the times - look at North Africa. There’s always turbulence. They’re artists, extravagant people, lots of money, enormous companies, there lots of photographers and then are images all over the world, and everything goes very quickly,” she told fashionista. “There’s a lot of hypocrisy too because we know that people are in a bad way, when they take drugs or alcohol they can say terrible things - usually they’re not that famous.”

The model added the world is missing out on true luxury labels at the moment. She explained there is always something special about such fashion houses, which will made woman yearn for their pieces.

“What makes a brand big is when you don’t imagine a customer. Like a Burberry trench coat - you don’t think about who’s going to wear it, you’re just dying to have one,” she explained. “The same with Vivier’s shoes - your mother can come, your grandmother can come, and I guess you’re going to find something, too. I like that it’s all about desire - very special things you can’t find anywhere else.”

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