>> The Time 100 List of Most Influential People was released today, and three fashion notables made the cut: Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld, and Takashi Murakami. The fun thing about this list is that Time gets other big names to write about the honorees' sphere of influence, so Marc Jacobs did the honors for Takashi, Hedi Slimane for Carine, and architect Zaha Hadid for Karl.
Marc Jacobs' piece on Takashi comes across sounding exactly like you would expect Marc to write — daydreamy, and always self-consciously obsessed with the cool:
When I first saw Takashi Murakami's work, I smiled and wondered, Where did this explosion come from? Who was responsible for this collision of psychedelia, manga and, well, art? Then I thought, I would love it if the mind that imagined this dizzying world of jellyfish eyes, singing moss, magic mushrooms and morphing creatures would be willing to have a go at the iconic Louis Vuitton monogram.
So I e-mailed Takashi. And he answered. Before long, there he was, standing in my Paris office, wearing his round, wire-rimmed glasses, skeleton-print T shirt, baggy short pants and a sort of samurai ponytail. He looked like a cool skater kid, an eternal teenager.
Hedi clearly adores Carine:
Carine, 53, has always been a charismatic Parisian, one of the most Parisian women I know, in every detail of her life. She has immaculate taste, and she is beyond unconventional in her thinking. With time I discovered that we shared a few principles: a preference for the "now" rather than the "new," a preference for imperfection rather than so-called good taste and an attitude driven by intuition rather than reason. Most of all, she has an innate ability to mix street culture and society, always avoiding the caricatures that can define both worlds and always recognizing the mix of both worlds as the only catalyst of energy and creativity.
And Karl, well, he's still convincing the world that he's 69 rather than 74.