January 8, 2014

With Open Arms

Nixon and Karl LagerfeldShowcasing the president’s popularity in the entertainment world, Esquire magazine’s June 1969 cover featured the newly elected President Nixon along with his celebrity backers including Art Linkletter, Billy Graham, Rudy Vallee & Lawrence Welk. The men pictured stand with welcoming arms, wide open with optimism as they praise their new leader. To celebrate the magazine’s 75th Anniversary, in 2008 British Esquire looked back to their celebrated Art Director George Lois and recreated several of his 60s covers. Contemporary fashion designers played along in the restaged images, with Karl Lagerfeld chosen to recreate the 1969 Nixon cover. In this version, the celebrity supporters were replaced with multiple images of Karl Lagerfeld himself–perhaps to say he may be his own biggest fan.

 

Esquire Magazine, June 1969

Esquire Magazine, June 1969

 

Karl Lagerfeld by Karl Lagerfeld for Esquire UK June, 2008

Karl Lagerfeld by Karl Lagerfeld for Esquire UK June, 2008

 

 

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