Karl Lagerfeld's Vogue Paris edition 'full of surprises'
Karl Lagerfeld’s edition of Vogue Paris is jam-packed with surprise touches.
The German couturier is the head designer and creative director of the French fashion house Chanel, the Italian house Fendi as well as his eponymous label. Lagerfeld started his career as Pierre Balmain’s assistant in 1955, and has since gone on to collaborate on a variety of fashion and art-related projects.
Accordingly, Lagerfeld was the natural choice to be invited to guest edit the forthcoming December/January holiday issue of the French fashion magazine.
“It’s full of surprises,” said deputy editor in chief Olivier Lalanne to WWD, adding that the sartorial star details his grooming regime in the publication. “He buys a lot of products.”
Lagerfeld and rising star Lily-Rose Depp appear on the black and white cover of the issue. It was shot by Hedi Slimane, who has delved back into photography since exiting the helm of Saint Laurent in April (16). Lalanne shared that Lagerfeld was very laid-back during the shoot.
“Very articulate, very focused and quick — and with so much wit,” he marvelled. “He was one of the easiest to work with, and we all had so much fun. He’s deep and light at the same time.”
But when questioned on whom the 83-year-old designer chose to interview for the 276-page magazine, Lalanne was less forthcoming, simply sharing that it was a “surprising choice”.
Lagerfeld’s pet cat Choupette crept her way into the issue, as did some of his favoured muses, including Princess Caroline of Hanover, Amanda Harlech, Virginie Viard, Delphine Arnault, Vanessa Paradis and Charlotte Casiraghi. He also reflects on his career and shares some of his top books, favourite sunglasses and photography in the fashion tome.
Conde Nast started the tradition of launching a guest-edited issue of Vogue Paris back in 1973. Other notable guest editors include John Galliano, Tom Ford and Victoria Beckham.