Uncle Zeus?

Uncle Karl has been busy working with tire-maker Pirelli on their infamous calendar, now in its 38th year.

With the Greek and Roman mythology theme chosen for 2011, a few famous faces and friends of Karl’s appear in their buffed, polished and refined natural glory.

I never tire (I had to!) of Karl, frankly. He can do whatever he wants and I will always love him.

And besides, I have shaken that half-gloved hand of the Zeus of fashion.

“Even the gods who are not his natural children address him as Father, and all the gods rise in his presence.” (Iliad, book 1.503;533)

I’ll still call him Uncle, if you don’t mind.  Every girl needs an eccentric, razzle-dazzle, medal-festooned one, n’est-ce pas?

Incidentally, my uncle read Homer when he was six.

He also designed some of the accessories you see in his photos. In an interview with Pirelli in October, he indicated,  “Stéphane Lubrina and George Cortina made the bracelets, weapons, and shields. Peter Philips stuck gold leaves on the breasts. I didn’t want to create a sort of ‘carnival joke’ effect, or theatrical costumes. So I designed the necklaces, the gold sexes, the armbands that turn into tree bark, a little owl, a plexiglass helmet…”

Karl, we are not worthy.

Julianne Moore as Hera by Karl Lagerfeld for Pirelli
Baptiste Giabconi as Apollo by Karl Lagerfeld for Pirelli. He's also a gold member in another shot for the calendar.
Elisa Sednaoui as Flora by Karl Lagerfeld for Pirelli
Brad Kroenig as Zeus. Karl referred to himself as Homer. As if.
Heidi Mount as Aurora by Karl Lagerfeld for Pirelli
Freja Beha Erichsen as Apollo by Karl Lagerfeld for Pirelli
Jake Davies as Achilles by Karl Lagerfeld for Pirelli
Anja Rubik as Hermes by Karl Lagerfeld for Pirelli

Pirelli calendars past were snapped by Arthur Elgort, Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, Peter Lindberg to name but a handful.

And this isn’t Karl’s first calendar.

Thanks to autoblog for the snaps.

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