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by on November 26, 2011

Fashion is as famous for its outsized personalities as its outsized skirts. The drama of a neckline is birthed — loudly, and often involving an unceremonious  firing — by a complicated genius no one could hope to understand…let alone care to try to understand. Below are five profiles in the kind of batshit crazy you just can’t teach. This elegance is learned, kids.

“His look is an extremely conscious metaphor for his philosophy of fashion and life: Here, watch as I bring together the old, in my tall eighteenth-century collar and bizarre powdered hair, with the new, as seen in my ponytail and $2,500 Agatha leather pants, ‘the most expensive leather pants in the world,’ he declares, with a laugh exactly like Count Chocula’s in its length and ridiculousness.”

—on Karl Lagerfeld and how to craft a professional image
from Karl Lagerfeld, Boy Prince of Fashion, Vanessa Grigoriadis


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Contributed by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail