Book Review: Karl, No Regrets

Book Review: Karl, No Regrets

Patrick Hourcade met Karl Lagerfeld in 1976, sparking a friendship that would last more than 20 years, strengthened by their shared passion for 18th-century art. Following his education in art history, Patrick Hourcade joined the creative team at Vogue Paris and introduced Lagerfeld to the art of the Enlightenment.

From then on, he assisted the fashion designer with each of his lavish acquisitions – mansions, furniture and works of art. The two built a magnificent universe together, refined and at times luxuriously extravagant, notably at the Château de Grand-Champ in Brittany, Hôtel Pozzo di Borgo in Paris or at La Vigie, a villa on the French Riviera.

Hourcade recounts the story of their aesthetic complicity, through previously unpublished documents and a unique biography in which he reveals Karl Lagerfeld in all of his splendour as well as his weaknesses.

Karl: No Regrets, by Patrick Hourcade, published by Flammarion, list price €30.

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