Book dishes on Dior designer Karl Lagerfeld, writes Andre Leon Talley

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Patrick Hourcade — the onetime creative director of French Vogue — has penned a memoir detailing his friendship with Karl Lagerfeld that includes some explosive details about the late fashion legend.

According to a new piece by André Leon Talley on the book, “Karl: No Regrets,” for Graydon Carter’s Air Mail — Talley describes how Lagerfeld and Hourcade “met in 1976, when Hourcade was at the apex of his career as a French fashion journalist.”

“Lagerfeld was generous to all of his friends — until he turned on them,” Talley writes of the tome.

“For the last 20 years of his life, Lagerfeld dismissed Hourcade as ‘a cheat and a liar,’ apparently because, in some mysterious way, he considered himself jilted.”

But while, “Hourcade clearly states that he never had sex with the workaholic Karl,” Talley writes in his review, “the real reason Lagerfeld decided to break with him is because, after years of dedicating his life to Lagerfeld, and having never discussed anything remotely sentimental, he moved in with another man.”

Writes Talley: “That was the red line for Lagerfeld, who was miserable after the 1989 death of his handsome lover, Jacques de Bascher, due to complications from AIDS.”

De Bascher had “lived in unabashed luxury… entirely paid for by Lagerfeld,” Talley retells. “After de Bascher’s death, Lagerfeld never had any other love interest, except his photographer’s lens. He often held decadent, voyeuristic late-night photography sessions with male models and others he thought he could get to pleasure themselves as he took photographs. Few people have seen these photographs.”

The Dior designer died in 2019.

The book is out from Rizzoli, and also includes details on Yves Saint Laurent, Anna Piaggi and others.

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