gods for 2011 Pirelli calendar
Karl Lagerfeld describes himself as 'visual version
of Homer' in his Greek-themed photographs for the
calendar famed for its nude shots
- Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld described himself
as a "visual version of Homer" as he visited
Moscow to present his Greek-themed photographs for
the Pirelli calendar, famed for its nudes.
German designer for Chanel and Fendi fashion houses
wore his trademark uniform of white pony tail and
dark suit with white shirt, complete with dark glasses,
for a presentation at a central Moscow hotel.
the calendar, he dressed models including Hollywood
actress Julianne Moore in gold laurel wreathes and
gold body paint, while the four male models wore metallic
Pirelli calendar is the "best of the best of
the calendars," Lagerfeld enthused to AFP. The
designer chose the theme of Greek mythology for the
photo shoot because of his childhood love for sagas
such as Homer's the Iliad, he said.
know, when I started learning to read, the two first
things that I read were the IIliad and Nibelungen,"
he said, referring to German mythological sagas.
the presentation, Lagerfeld even compared himself
to the chronicler of Greek mythology, calling himself
the "visual version of Homer. "I did
it with my camera instead of with my pen," he
calendar has been published by Italian tyre company
Pirelli since 1964, and has become a collector's item
for its erotic nudes snapped by photographers including
stressed at the presentation that he steered away
from any sleazy content and did not pressure models
to do risque poses.
know they can trust me. I would never do something
not absolutely correct," he said. "There
was no danger, no sleaziness."
models include Hollywood actress Moore, who poses
as Hera, the queen of the gods, in a more modest shot
than the other models that does not expose her breasts.
model Lara Stone, the wife of British comedian David
Walliams, also took part, portraying the goddess of
believes in these gods anymore but the girls in the
Pirelli calendar are the goddesses of today,"
Lagerfeld said in a film at the presentation.
said they saw the calendar as an art project.
less like a calendar and more like a form of art,"
US model Erin Wasson told AFP. "If you're a huge
fan of Karl Lagerfeld, you're going to want this piece
of work from him, as if he'd released a new art book,"
think for a model the best thing is to be in a book
or in the Pirelli calendar," said Italian model
Bianca Balti. "It's the only nice calendar. In
Italy there are so many vulgar calendars, like very
sexy," she said, gesturing a voluptous silhouette.
"But Pirelli is just about art and beauty."