May 23, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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Paris Fashion Week has reached its conclusion – and with it, women’s ready-to-wear fashion month. After running through as many shows and streets and parties as humanly possible in New York, London, Milan, and Paris, I feel like I now need to head to a spa for a month. Which brings to mind something Karl Lagerfeld said the other night at the Fendi party in Paris. This was the last major party of PFW and Gossip had just played live for a smallish crowd that included Lagerfeld, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Rachel Zoe, Mark Ronson, and Jamie Hince. It was after 1am when the band finished and Lagerfeld was still hanging out and chatting. I had the chance to tell him that I admired his wide-ranging curiosity – the obviously genuine interest that he holds not only for fashion but for edgy music, photography, books, furniture design, etc. (This was my attempt at finding a sophisticated way of saying, “Wow, you’re over 70 and into the Gossip – that rules!”) He explained to me that curiosity is not something you try to have – you don’t suddenly wake up one day and say, “I’m going to investigate culture today and go to a gallery and read a book and then this afternoon I’m going to discover some new bands.” He was saying that a curious nature – a desire to know everything about everything – is just part of who you are. If this is your nature, then no effort is required – curiosity and discovery will be as natural to you as breathing. I’m going to try to keep Karl’s naturally energetic and curious demeanor in mind in the coming weeks and months…his demeanor and personality are actually just as impressive as his huge talent as a designer and artist…but right now, I think I just need a nap. xx eddie
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