When you think fashion, a handful of key things come to mind: Chanel, Anna Wintour, couture, and of course, the white-haired, leather-gloved wonder. According to WWD, Karl Lagerfeld is a cartoon character in Tiffany Cooper's new comic book titled Karl's Secrets. Perhaps one of fashion's most iconic juggernauts and practically a caricature already, it's no surprise that Lagerfeld has ended up in the pages of a comic book.
Add a white ponytail, large sunnies, and an impeccably fit suit and tie, and everyone automatically knows it's Karl. The book, which is an "improvised biography seen through my eyes," Cooper told WWD, takes major events from Lagerfeld's life and turns them into colorful, kitschy cartoons. Episodes like bracing exchanges with his eccentric mother to intimate moments at home with his pet cat Choupette — the hardcover, 144-page tome also spotlights lesser-known facts about the designer: "that he draws with makeup, prefers to sketch in his pajamas, and never cries," according to WWD.
Perhaps one of the most notable chapters is one that's titled Mega Fat, in which Lagerfeld is drawn "stuffing his face" in front of the television and in the bathtub, according to WWD. This particular chapter is reflective of his struggle with his weight some 30 years ago in the '80s, which he turned around just to fit into an Hedi Slimane suit. This, Lagerfeld was all about. "He’s very comfortable with his image," Cooper told WWD.
No doubt, he has had an incredible influence on the fashion industry, and Lagerfeld has delivered some of the best quotes, like "I'm very much down to earth. Just not this Earth," and "I have no human feelings." We can only hope that this comic book embraces some of his most memorable statements.
Karl's Secrets came out on Tuesday in France, and is published by Marabulles. It retails for about $20, or 17.95 euros. If you happen to be in France, grab a copy, hunker down, and learn a thing or two about one of fashion's most notorious figures.