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The Literary Loves of Karl Lagerfeld: Fashion’s Greatest Book Lover

Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel and one of fashion’s most prominent and recognizable visionaries has passed away aged eighty-five. The native of Hamburg, Germany, affectionately known as The Kaiser in fashion circles, had missed the Chanel haute couture show in Paris last month, sparking speculation about his condition. According to Closer, on Monday night Lagerfeld was admitted to hospital in Paris, however his cause of death has not yet been released.

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Lagerfeld started out in 1955, as assistant to Pierre Balmain, before joining Chanel in 1983, where he spent thirty-six years. In addition to these roles, he also held long-term design positions at Fendi, Chloé, and established his own Karl Lagerfeld label. However, not only was Lagerfeld a revolutionary designer and fashion icon, the renowned polyglot was also a great lover of books.

In September of 2005, Lagerfeld gave an interview to Vanity Fair, in which he revealed his favorite writers in his many tongues, saying “I like poets best, E. Dickinson (English), R. M. Rilke (German), Mallarmé (French), Leopardi (Italian). I speak no other languages and I don’t believe in translated poetry,” as well as his fictional hero, Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. In 2008, he spoke to Women’s Wear Daily, saying “I hate leisure, except reading.”

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In addition to this, in September 2017, French Vogue ran an article simply titled ‘Karl Lagerfeld’s Favorite Books’ in which he listed works by the likes of Neitzche, for who’s entire works Lagerfeld was an editor in Germany, Spinoza (“the person who wrote the phrase that I live by: ‘Any decision is a refusal'”), Didion, Homer, and Borges among many others. In this piece, he also noted that he ‘wrote literary reviews for Vogue at the start of the 1970s, using Minouflet de Vermenou as [his] pen name.’

Lagerfeld had a personal collection of over 300,000 books. At the 2015 International Festival of Fashion and Photography, Lagerfeld explained “Today, I only collect books; there is no room left for something else. If you go to my house, I’ll have you walk around the books. I ended up with a library of 300,000. It’s a lot for an individual.”

In addition to this, Lagerfeld’s name appears on a number of books, including The Karl Lagerfeld Diet, The Glory of Water: Daguerreotypes, and Casa Malaparte among others.

Lagerfeld has been commemorated on social media by his many A-List friends and supporters, including Kim Kardashian, Kaia Gerber, Florence Welch and Editor-in-Chief of Manhattan Magazine Phebe Wahl whose post read ‘It was King Karl’s world, we were all lucky enough to enjoy it for a bit.’


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The Spanish Luxury Brand LOEWE Classics to Embroider Classic Literature with Fashion Looks

What luxury and fancy sparkles will splash when trendy fashion bumps into classic literature? With her hipster reputation in fashion industries, LOEWE, the Spanish sub-brand of LVMN, debuts a series of redecorations of classic literary dossiers with contemporary fashion looks to echo the theme of 2018 Fall/Winter Men Collections. Josh O’Connor, a distinguished British model and actor (God’s Own Country 2017), leads the sleeves featuring photographs conducted by Steven Meisel and he feeds us a feast of traditional tastes and innovative textures.



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The six books are selected by Jonathan Anderson, the Creative Director of LOEWE. Born in Northern Ireland, Anderson is embroidered with talented handsomeness and was designated as the role in 2013 when he was only 34. He is highly expected to channel young and bold souls into the hundred-year-stand brand. So far, Anderson’s amazed all the fashion eyes with his Puzzle Bag collections and products that are avant garde, but acceptable.



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Named as LOEWE Classics, the collective box set of the six classic literary works will debut on August 15th. The prized collection will be $683. Though for some people, the prize is not that lovely. Yet, considered the classic of the classic, the six will be printed in original language with the sleeves featuring photographs. So, classic book lovers (and fashion followers), you should invite yourself into the feast!



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The LOEWE Classics Collection is flavored with:

  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flauber
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brönte
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrand
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde



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Book Covers

14 of the Best Outfits Inspired By Book Covers

Last week we told you about #DressLikeABook, the contest started by Electric Literature on Instagram. Maybe you’d like to join in on the fun, but don’t know what to wear. If that’s the case, then scroll on down for some truly inspired outfits that’ll make you want to get dressed and take a selfie with your favorite book. We’ve scoured the internet and found amazing book cover-inspired ensembles from places like College Fashion, Tumblr and Pinterest! 


1. Paper Towns by John Green


Paper Towns

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2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell



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3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


The Girl on the Train

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4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


The Book Thief

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5. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff


Fates and Furies

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6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte


Wuthering Heights

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7. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll


Alice in Wonderland

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8. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han


All The Boys

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9.  These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


These Broken

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10. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas



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11. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett



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12. The BFG by Roald Dahl


The Bfg

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13. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess


Clockwork Orange

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14. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


Handmaid's Tale

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Fiction to Fashion

These Teens Turned Their Old Books Into a New Wardrobe!

Where do all those old books go when no one wants them anymore? Perhaps an island of misfit books? Maybe another dimension? In North Carolina, students made all that old fiction… fashionable.


At the New Hanover County Library in North Carolina, students and budding designers tapped into their artsy side to create something new. Fiction to Fashion is the library’s fourth annual design contest took place yesterday March 1st, where teens use old books, CDs, and cassette tapes to create something totally beautiful and unique! Check out last year’s show video:

Eighteen designs comprised the runway show, but only five were chosen as the winners. These crafty outfits won any of these titles ranging from the Most Functional Design, Most Avant Garde Design, Best Accessory, Best Runway Swagger, to the Crowd Favorite. Tutus from old CDs, skirts from Manga comics, and paper ensembles inspired by the pages of Vogue all grace this event. Footage on the 2018 contest has not been released yet, but check out 2017’s fashion show photos, they’re full of talent and definitely worth a look:
Fiction to Fashion




Fiction to Fashion


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Iris Apfel

Fashion Icon Iris Apfel to Book About Being Fashion Icon

Iris Apfel, the now ninety-six-year-old fashion icon and interior designer has amassed quite a few stories in her decades working in the fashion industry and alongside the highest society in the USA, including nine of the United States presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton.


Luckily for us, she’s releasing a book! It’s not exactly a memoir, though. She told WWD.com:


I didn’t want to do another coffee-table book, and I didn’t want to do a memoir — and I certainly didn’t want to do a how-to book. I find how-to books rather insulting. It’s not my place to tell you how to dress or what to do. I think it should be an individual matter. So I kept saying ‘thank you very much, but no thank you.’ And then a couple of years ago in one week I had three different telephone calls from three different publishers. And they all said, ‘What about doing a little book, musings, just what you’re thinking about. Just something for the youth market,’ because I do have a lot of young fans, and I said, ‘Gee, that sounds like fun.’


The book contains personal anecdotes and photos, which are guaranteed to be brilliant, considering how wonderful literally every photo ever taken of Apfel is. 


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“I’m a very private person, and I’ve always been known in my field and whatnot, but the accolades and this attention and this recognition, which is global now, is really quite something,” Apfel told WD. “I’m getting used to it, but I really enjoy my privacy. And of course, really intimate, private things we don’t talk about [in the book].”


What is addressed in the book, however, includes her first jobs after college, her relationship with her husband Carl Apfel, who died in 2015, just shy of his 101st birthday, the secrets to a long marriage, her interior design business and work on the  White House, among other topics. 


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Apfel told WWD that she has felt the need to keep busy since her husband’s passing, and this Spring, alongside the book’s release, she will be working on a pop-up shop at Bergdorf Goodman, a Barbie doll in her likeness, jewelry and clothing collections for HSN, modeling and a line of porcelain jewelry. Phew! 


We can’t wait to get our hands on Accidental Icon


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