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I read today that Karl Lagerfeld is going to be a character in the new Grand Theft Auto Vice City video game. Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that Mr. Lagerfeld is becoming a celebrity in his own right? In this month’s issue of Allure magazine there was an article about various celebs and pop culture figures who have their own doll/action figure made in their likeness. Of course, Karl Lagerfeld was one such celebrity with his own doll (oddly, his doll was the most realistic out of all of them: Beyonce just looked like a black Barbie doll, Gwen Stefani’s doll featured a head that was half the size of her body and John Travolta’s character from Hairspray was just plain freaky). Karl Lagerfeld seems to be becoming the most famous fashion designer since Coco Chanel.

I have to wonder if this newfound celebrity status cheapens Mr. Lagerfeld’s image as a high-fashion designer, or if it instead does the fashion world justice by bringing fashion icons into the popular culture lexicon. A lot of girls I know that are interested in fashion still don’t know exactly who Karl Lagerfeld is. Granted they aren’t fashion freaks and digest every bit of information in every magazine like I do, but they should at least know the designer of one of the biggest and most widely known fashion houses in the world, right?

Maybe this is a good thing and Karl Lagerfeld will become the next Lara Croft. He would certainly add something to the outfit, maybe adding leather half-gloves, black jacket and a silk necktie. You never know.

Yesterday I went to go see the Oakland A’s (that’s baseball for all you non-jocks) play the Boston Red Sox in Oakland. I’m not really into baseball, but my family is somewhat related to a player on the Red Sox, and therefore we get great tickets to games when the Sox come to town. I personally like to go for the ample people-watching opportunities. Baseball games are ripe with people (mostly men) discussing (drunken yelling) various topics of interest to only avid baseball fans (ERAs, RBIs, other stats that I don’t understand), but there are also people wearing really great stuff (giant foam cowbay hats and t-shirts with the sleeves cut off).

What I found most interesting was the baseball players’ wives (or BPWs to make things easier). Because of our family connections I was able to go down to “the tunnels” where the players walk from the locker room to their insanely expensive automobiles (huge SUVs and tiny sports cars. Why no middle ground?) parked in the VIP lot. Most of the people milling about in the tunnels were the BPWs waiting for their other halves to emerge freshly showered. While observing them I noticed that they were all dressed very similar.

Here is the uniform of a BPW:

1. Designer jeans (preferably Sevens, True Religions, or Citizens of Humanity)

2. Expensive-looking wrap sweater or cardigan

3. Stylish flats or peep-toe heels

4. Louis Vuitton bag (is anyone else as sick of the monogrammed tote as much as I am?)

I was observing them and realized that in my beanie, Converse sneakers, jeans (OK, they were designer too, so sue me), Bob Dylan t-shirt, and biker-style jacket that I probably looked pretty ratty compared to them. But I never felt more stylish. See, they all looked so put together, so polished, so BORING. I have always preferred someone with a more eclectic sense of style than someone who always looks just right. Give me the Kate Mosses and Sienna Millers of the world over the Nicole Kidmans and Katie Holmes any time. Sure Nicole and Katie always seem to look so perfect with their Chanel dresses and Hermes Birken bags, but Kate and Sienna just have way more style. It takes a lot more imagination and talent to put together something new instead of just going for the head-to-toe designer look book. Sure Kate and Sienna slip up every now and then (ankle-strap shoes strapped OVER jeans anyone?), but they still possess something that Nicole and Katie don’t have–individuality.

Of course the guy in the foam hat and cut-off t shirt is just unexcusable in any light.

Sorry dude.