PARIS–Sure, fashion week is creeping up on us at full-speed. Sure, this is the capital of haute couture. But does this make it okay for a national newspaper to dedicate a full day to a designer?
Libération newspaper seems to think so: the iconic left wing French paper has invited Karl Lagerfeld to be editor-in-chief for the day.
The entire issue bears his mark, from illustrations to comments, to special interviews of him, and an opinion page about the designer. Indeed, Karl will be Karl: the front page of the paper, printed on a larger format for the occasion, bears a full body self-portrait of the famous silhouette–along with the slogan “Karl Lagerfeld gives ‘Libé’ a makeover.” Below, a note from the real editor, Laurent Joffrin, states that the designer “has a profound culture, and a sharp eye” in an almost self-justifying tone.