Love him or hate him, you know his name: Karl Lagerfeld has an undeniable dominance in the fashion world. As a designer, artist, and photographer in the industry for more than 50 years, Karl Lagerfeld knows more than a thing or two about the fashion business and he doesn’t hesitate to let the world know it. The silver-haired designer behind the black glasses and high-starched collars is known for candidly expressing his opinions on all matters ranging from personal style to tattoos. We’ve compiled some of the most infamous Karl Lagerfeld quotes that best demonstrate his outspokenness and natural knack for stirring the pot.

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“ I’m very much down to Earth, just not this Earth.”

“I hate nothing more than ‘the good old days’, it makes the present second-hand.”

“Why should I stop working? If I do, I’ll die and it’ll all be finished.”

“The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.”

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”

“Be politically correct, but please don’t bother other people with conversation about being politically correct, because that’s the end of everything. You want to create boredom? Be politically correct in your conversation.”

“Never use the word “cheap”. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans - it’s up to you.”

“I hate intellectual conversation with intellectuals because I only care about my opinion.”

“Having adult children makes you look 100 years old. I don’t want that”
“I’m kind of a fashion nymphomaniac who never gets an orgasm.”
“I love to be creative all the time… If not I would be bored, and boredom is a crime.”

“I think tattoos are horrible. It’s like living in a Pucci dress full-time.”

“Personality begins where comparison ends.”

“In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes, the discussion of fur is childish.”

“When I was four I asked my mother for a valet for my birthday.”

“A sense of humour and a little lack of respect: that’s what you need to make a legend survive.”

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Tell us your opinions on these Karlisms!

The Lagerfeld Logic

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A few weeks ago, I stumbled across this photo on instagram, and WOW did it take me back!

I was lucky enough to be invited onto the set of this shoot by a video photographer friend of mine. My first time at a photo shoot, ever- It was 1986, and I was 22 years old. I was wearing a black parachute jumpsuit, and if you can believe it, it was the first time I had ever heard a CD player- Bryan Ferry was playing. It was also the first time I had ever seen a stylist worried about returning jewelry to Saks 5th Avenue. The makeup artist, Axl, also made jewelry, which mostly consisted of Gothic Silver rings with eyes inlayed in them, and he had a tattooed tooth (so ‘86!). For the shoot he glued these pave encrusted Vampire fangs on Iman’s teeth, and at the end of day- they would NOT come off! A dentist had to be called in to remove them, but Iman kept her cool. The photo turned out beautifully, and timeless, and I was so glad to be apart of it. Years later, working with Iman through nOir, I reminded her of the shoot and she just laughed. What a great memory! Thanks so much Lynn Ban Jewelry for sharing.

xx,
Lee

Iman, Elite Modeling Catalogue Shoot 1986

New York Fashion Week is the ultimate showcase for the world’s fashion elite, and as usual The Blonds delivered a jaw-dropping performance. Once again Noir had the pleasure of collaborating with our favorite design duo, who debuted a luxe collection inspired by notable Warner Brothers characters. Check out our pictures from a show that was truly out-of-this-world!

Like mother like daughter. Leeora and Gigi showed up in style.

Like mother like daughter. Leeora and Gigi showed up in style.


Elad in a custom tee by The Blonds

Elad in a custom tee by The Blonds


A full house ready for the big reveal

A full house ready for the big reveal


In the audience with Gigi and Lady Bunny

In the audience with Gigi and Lady Bunny


Gigi and Amanda Lepore

Gigi and Amanda Lepore


Breathtaking hair and makeup prep backstage by Kabuki

Breathtaking hair and makeup prep backstage by Kabuki


Playful yet glamorous pieces, inspired by Tweety Bird

Playful yet glamorous pieces, inspired by Tweety Bird


Another ultra-chic Tweety Bird-inspired look with a nOir touch

Another ultra-chic Tweety Bird-inspired look with a nOir touch


nOir custom cuff

nOir custom cuff


Gigi gets her hands on the most fabulous gun in the galaxy

Gigi gets her hands on the most fabulous gun in the galaxy


Signature Looney Tunes eyes on CND nails

Signature Looney Tunes eyes on CND nails


An intergalactic opening set the tone for a phenomenal show.

An intergalactic opening set the tone for a phenomenal show.


Phillipe demonstrates her fierce catwalk

Phillipe demonstrates her fierce catwalk


There’s no such thing as too much Tweety

There’s no such thing as too much Tweety


Tweety Eyes dress. She sees you!

Tweety Eyes dress. She sees you!


Tweety Bird hits the runway

Tweety Bird hits the runway

THE BLONDS SPRING/SUMMER 2014

A few months ago we had the privilege of traveling all the way to Paris, to participate in the fashion trade show, Tranoi.

Between the parties, the food, the fashion and the art, we were beside ourselves in creative bliss. Take a peek at some of the pictures below of our extravagant journey.

OUR TRIP TO PARIS FOR TRANOI

Milk StudiosWhen attending a show such as The Blonds what you wear has to be show stopper! Here are some photos we snapped off the runway! These kinds of outfits are better showed then explained.

Victor wearing a self portrait Pyssla beads necklace

Victor wearing a self portrait Pyssla beads necklace

Lucca Finotti & Leeora

Lucca Finotti & Leeora

Cannon & Leeora

Cannon & Leeora

Sophia, Leeora, & Ingrid

Sophia, Leeora, & Ingrid

Leeora, Ingrid & Patricia Field

Leeora, Ingrid & Patricia Field

Carmen Electra & Adorable Mario

Carmen Electra & Adorable Mario

The Legendary Kenny Kenny

The Legendary Kenny Kenny

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Rocker boy with chic jewelry

Rocker boy with chic jewelry

Desperately Seeking Susan Jacket

Desperately Seeking Susan Jacket

Susan Bartsch amazing hand bling

Susan Bartsch amazing hand bling

A combo of Dior and Home Depot

A combo of Dior and Home Depot

Yes, she has a Gun attached to her head

Yes, she has a Gun attached to her head

Hair Horns

Hair Horns

Papa Blond & Leeora

Papa Blond & Leeora

THE BLONDS FALL 2013 BACKSTAGE COVERAGE

Now that New York Fashion week has come and gone we would like to put a stop light on a show of which we once again had the pleasure of collaborating with for the sixth consecutive season. So many of you may know The Blonds as the over the top, one of a kind type and this season was no exception.

Using classic horror movies such as Psycho, The Birds, and The Shining as inspiration Philippe and David Blond created looks that are to die for! Every detail on the runway from the Jack Nicholson nails to the blood spatter corsets gave a new meaning to “Psycho Chic.” And did we mention the white fur straightjacket!?!?! If only straightjackets were this glamorous we would all declare ourselves insane.

Check out some of the photos from the show and tell us what you think!

nOir Nightfall Necklace

nOir Nightfall Necklace

Custom Nails by CND

Custom Nails by CND

White Fur Straightjacket

White Fur Straightjacket

The Strap Dress

The Strap Dress

Blood Spatter Dress

Blood Spatter Dress

Knife Dress

Knife Dress

David and Philippe Blond

David and Philippe Blond

THE BLONDS FALL 2013 COLLECTION

Wishing all of our friends, family, and fans a Wonderful HOLIDAY this season!!

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With Love,
Noir Jewelry

HAPPY HOLIDAYS <3

One of my favorite things on earth is sharing my obsessions with my friends, my family, and fans of nOir. I love the ability to express my passions with you on this blog :)


If you know me, you know that my love for Diana Vreeland goes way back to her days as a consultant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I have admired her for years, and I’m positive that my obsession with red and leopard stem from her. She was so much the quintessential Editor, that she actually, in fact, coined the term Editor after working at both Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.


Always the keen eye, Miss Vreeland discovered Twiggy, Cher, Lauren Bacall, and spent time styling Fashion Icon, Jackie O.

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Here’s me in my custom Diana Vreeland T-shirt (P.S. I no longer smoke! A bad habit I gave up years ago :) )

Vreeland has always fascinated and inspired me. I’ve followed and researching her for years, but after recently watching her Documentary, The Eye Has to Travel (a MUST see), I found out that she and I share the love of surfing and skateboard culture. What I adore, is that, although immersed in Fashion, Diana was all about style.

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In 1936, Diana started her Column for Harper’s Bazaar called “Why don’t you” - some of my favorites include:

Why don’t you knit yourself a little skullcap?
Why don’t you rinse your blond child’s hair in dead champagne to keep its gold, as they do in France?
Why don’t you wear violet velvet mittens with everything?

Here are some interesting tears from Diana’s instructional list for lunch orders, etc.

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Some of my favorite quotes from Diana:

On secrets: keep you r secrets…that’s you power over others
On Memory: I never remember anything unpleasant …remember that!
On Money: Money can do horrible things to ignorant people
On fashion: They call this a fashion magazine? This isn’t fashion …..Its available merchandise
On heaven: ….a place with no paper, no pencils, no pens

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Diana Examining a pearl.

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Diana with Richard Avedon

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Here’s the trailer for her Documentary…. I’m OBSESSED:


For more info on Diana Vreeland, check out the following resources:

Diana Vreeland Voguepedia

Diana Vreeland Wiki

A Diana Vreeland Book- I love this book I read it as a student.

Hope you enjoy as much as I do! Big Kiss.

XX

Lee

Diana Vreeland - my obsession, and her film ‘The Eye has to Travel’

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Love this Nightfall Necklace! It will be available the end of October!

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Pierre Cardin!

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