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Must read: The World According to Karl

The World According to Karl Sharp, witty and amusing, he certainly is, contradictory and controversial, he can be, but forgettable, Karl Lagerfeld is not.

Now, celebrating his musings on everything from life, design and books to his mother, fashion and Chanel, this brilliant Karlism compilation should leapfrog its way immediately onto your coffee table.

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With over 50 beautiful accompanying illustrations by Charles Ameline, the book contains such gems as:

“I’ve become like a Lacoste alligator. Soon I’ll have to be sewn onto clothes”

“Jogging pants are a sign of defeat. You’ve lost control of your life, so you go out in jogging pants”

“My mother also said: ‘I’m going to have to take you to the upholsterer. Your nostrils are too big – they need curtains.'”

The World According to Karl (Thames & Hudson), edited by Jean-Christophe Napias and Patrick Mauriès. £18.95, available at www.amazon.co.uk