Karl Lagerfeld sketches expected to make thousands at auction

A selection of original sketches by Karl Lagerfeld are expected to sell for thousands when they’re auctioned in Florida later this month (April19)The archive of 125 original sketches and portfolios have been privately owned since the 1960s, and were d…

A selection of original sketches by Karl Lagerfeld are expected to sell for thousands when they’re auctioned in Florida later this month (April19)

The archive of 125 original sketches and portfolios have been privately owned since the 1960s, and were drawn by the late designer while he was working as a couturier at the House of Tiziani in Rome during the early stages of his career.

The sketches are expected to sell for around $1,000 (£766) to $3,000 (£2,300) each, while other portfolio collections on offer at the auction are estimated to reach between $2,000 (£1,533) and $4,000 (£3,067).

Two of the most coveted items in the collection are designs intended for Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor.

The sale is being held by Urban Culture Auctions on 18 April (19) in association with Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

Speaking about the legacy of the designs, Rico Baca, co-owner of Urban Culture Auctions, gushed over the late designer.

“These sketches are the work of one of the most brilliant couturiers of the last half century,” he reflected. “They are very rare and might not have survived had they remained in Lagerfeld’s possession.”

The collection is especially rare as the creative was renowned for not holding on to any of his work.

“I throw everything away,” he told The New Yorker magazine in 2007. “The most important piece of furniture in a house is the garbage can! I keep no archives of my own, no sketches, no photos, no clothes—nothing!”

The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, died at the age of 85 on 19 February from complications of pancreatic cancer.

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Virgil Abloh responds to accusations of plagiarism

Virgil Abloh has sounded off over accusations of plagiarism relating to his designs.The designer rose to fame after serving as artistic director for Kanye West and JAY-Z’s 2011 album Watch the Throne and has since gone on to launch streetwear brand Off…

Virgil Abloh has sounded off over accusations of plagiarism relating to his designs.

The designer rose to fame after serving as artistic director for Kanye West and JAY-Z’s 2011 album Watch the Throne and has since gone on to launch streetwear brand Off-White as well as land the coveted role of head designer of menswear at Louis Vuitton.

While Abloh’s designs are among the most coveted in the fashion world, the founders of Instagram account Diet Prada, Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler, have accused him of plagiarism on at least three occasions – allegations he has now brushed off as coincidental.

“All props to them, that’s a great concept,” he said of Diet Prada in an interview with The New Yorker, before going on to reject the account administrators’ comparison of a yellow graffitied ensemble from Cologne-based Colrs and a similar design in his Off-White collection. “(The allegation was founded on) basically the use of a yellow fabric with a pattern on it… Ring the alarm!”

In addition, Liu and Schuyler have also claimed there are similarities between a chair designed by Paul McCobb for his Planner Group series in the 1950s and a chair made by Abloh for his Ikea collaboration, as well as a resemblance between artist AG Fronzoni’s designs and the graphics on an Off-White T-shirt from the fall/winter 2016 collection.

Accordingly, Abloh went on to explain that some “cheat codes” are acceptable in fashion, and in his opinion, streetwear is linked to the work of Dada artist Marcel Duchamp.

“It’s this idea of the readymade. I’m talking Lower East Side, New York. It’s like hip-hop. It’s sampling. I take James Brown, I chop it up, I make a new song. I’m taking Ikea and I’m presenting it in my own way. It’s streetwear 10.0-the logic that you can reference an object or reference a brand or reference something,” the 38-year-old shared.

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