One of the foremost international showcases for art, antiques, design and decorative arts is about to open its doors. And unlike the decadent jewellery and ornate paintings we expect of an antiques fair, a collection of signed Karl Lagerfeld photographs is coming to the fair that no one is expecting to see.
The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair returns to Mayfair’s Berkeley Square for its 10th anniversary on Friday the 13th September.
It’s a treasure trove for art and antiques collectors, first-time buyers and anyone who revels at being in the presence of some of the world’s most beautiful objects of desire.
One of this year’s stand out exhibits is a collection of Karl Lagerfeld photography, featuring the world’s most iconic and successful supermodels; young Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington, Karen Elson, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell, posing together.
When we received news about the discovery we clambered over desks to take a look at the unseen photos and realised we were witnessing a moment in fashion history.
Here’s what we can tell you about the snaps:
A self portrait of the late Karl himself features in the collection. Yep, that’s a selfie. On proper film, taken by one of the most acclaimed fashion designers in the world. Whist famously citing, “No selfies, I don’t do selfies.”, it appears he may have succumbed to one or two.
The pictures are thought to have been taken in Paris during his tenure at Chanel and are typical to Karl’s photographic style, heightened by strong contrast in deep black.
The photographs were discovered a loft here in Britain shortly after the time of Karl’s passing. Could this be the last-ever self-portrait taken by the fashion supremo to be seen in the public sphere?
This is not a test. You’ll need a ticket to the Fair to see the collection for yourselves. Tickets are £20 and are available here.
Whilst there, take a seat at The Westbury Mayfair Hotel pop-up version of its celebrated POLO Bar. Ask for a Nightingale; a sapphire-inspired blend of tequila, cider, grapefruit bitters and ‘aqua fresca’ wine garnished with a blue feather.
Listen to a lecture about the exquisite mosaics found in the villas of Pompeii and what the remains reveal about what the wealthy locals loved to eat and drink.
Attend the spectacular Craftsmans Dinner Party held by Sarabande, the charity foundation established by the late Lee Alexander McQueen that supports creative visionary talent. The event will be co-hosted by Olympic athlete, TED Speaker, actor and model Aimee Mullins.
Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London
13-18 September 2019