Homeric Swimming a la Karl Lagerfeld?

I’ve been hemming and hawing about including this, but might as well … excerpts from the Telegraph:

If you have a penchant for Homeric poems, Chanel or swimming – or preferably all three, then book your summer break at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo where the eclectic trio have pooled for a mural-style installation.

Karl Lagerfeld, head designer and creative director for Chanel, was chosen by the hotel – which won “Best Hotel in the World 2010” – to create a unique poolside piece, named “Ulysses’ Journey around the Mediterranean Sea”, inspired by Homer’s epics: the Iliad and the Odyssey .


“We were not only thinking about Odyssey as a place to swim and tan, but rather as a living space.”


Lagerfeld’s bespoke installation is made up of twenty panels, measuring 18×3 metres, in which photos of models in togas are superimposed onto black and white images of Greek coastlines from 1850-60. The scenes are backlit by LEDs which change according to the surrounding natural lighting which adds to the intimate atmosphere and ambience.


… I was unable to find a better photo than the small one included with the original article … probably because my brain was still cringing from that toga reference …

Celebrating Rome’s 2766th

Yesterday’s celebrations resulted in some GREAT photos of assorted folks in assorted period costumes (most are Getty images of some sort) … here’s some of the better coverage I came across:

Classical Words of the Day