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July 28 2014

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The Allure of Chanel, As Illustrated By Karl

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Allure of ChanelCoco Chanel once said, “Fashion should be discussed enthusiastically, and sanely, and, above all, without poetry, without literature.” With his latest creative effort, Karl Lagerfeld sets out to do just that. The Kaiser has extended his artistic talents to a special illustrated edition of Paul Morand’s The Allure of Chanel, a book that examines the philosophy of the French house by recounting conversations with Mademoiselle Coco herself. The updated version of Morand’s tome, which was originally published in 1976, includes Karl’s sketches of Coco in all her iconic glory—dripping in pearls and impeccably dressed. The good thing is: Unlike Lagerfeld’s Spring ’14 artistic endeavors, this one will fit on our coffee table.

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