(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 23, 2018 German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld attends the Dior Men's Spring/Summer 2019 fashion show in Paris. - German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85, it was announced on February 19, 2019. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)
‘Unconventional biography’ of Karl Lagerfeld to be released by HarperCollins
AFP Relaxnews / 05:32 PM March 25, 2019
American publishing behemoth HarperCollins has given the green light to “an unconventional biography” of late designer and Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, who died on Feb. 19.
The tome — which is slated for publication and public release by the house in 2021 — is the work of William Middleton, a former Paris bureau chief of Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) and W magazine, who will write the book based on his experiences and interactions with the famed fashion icon.
According to WWD, Middleton met Lagerfeld in 1995 and did many stories with him when he worked in Paris, developing a friendship along the way; and immediately had the idea for the autobiography after Lagerfeld’s death.
He wrote a three-page proposal and emailed his agent following the news of the designer’s passing, and within a day, the deal with HarperCollins was done, with the contract signed earlier this month.
Middleton has added that the biography will come to light as a “contained project,” at around 250 to 300 pages, along with some images. CE/JB