Inside Karl Lagerfeld's Bookshop In Paris

Dying to get up close and personal with fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld? Well, a visit to Lagerfeld’s bookshop on the Rue de Lille in Paris is the next best thing! 7L has been open since December 1999, when the literature-obsessed German designer — you might have noticed the imposing piles of tomes in his home in the 2007 documentary Lagerfeld Confidential — jumped into the book-selling business with a personally edited selection of volumes covering the fields of fine art, photography, architecture, cuisine, fashion, and design.
7L is truly a window into Lagerfeld’s world, and there's always the added bonus that devoted Karl fans may even run into the designer himself. But, the next best thing is chatting with the charmingly helpful Cathrine, Hervé, or Vincent, who all work at 7L and know the icon's taste best. Lucky for us, we were able to speak with all three in Paris this past week to get a glimpse at the best-selling books at 7L.
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7L 7 rue de Lille, Paris; Tel. + 33 1 42 92 03 58.
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Bourrasques et accalmies, by Sempé
This is the latest collection of drawings from Sempé, the artist known for his very sweet and poetic drawings found in magazines like The New Yorker. He's one of Lagerfeld’s favorite illustrators.
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Twenty Years of Passion: Château du Champ de Bataille, by Jacques Garcia
A look at the incredible grounds and interiors of the Château du Champs de Bataille, owned by French interior decorator Jacques Garcia, who painstakingly restored this gorgeous Normandy castle over a 20-year period. Plan a visit to the château, or gush over the lush images.
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Intérieurs Couture – Les intérieurs privés (The private interiors of) d’Alaïa, Armani, Chanel, Louboutin, Saint Laurent, by Ivan Terestchenko
Lagerfeld, who rarely allows his home to be photographed, isn’t included, but there’s plenty of fashion eye candy to swoon over: Manolo Blahnik in Bath, Christian Louboutin in Luxor, Giorgio Armani’s chalet in Saint-Moritz, along with Azzedine Alaïa’s loft and Yves Saint Laurent’s private mansion in Paris. Oh so chic.
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Piet Boon Styling, by Karin Meyn
An interesting hand-stitched book dedicated to the refined sophistication of Dutch designer Piet Boon. The tome is filled with expert images of Boon’s contemporary architecture, interiors, and products known for their exceptional craftsmanship.
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Anders Petersen: Exhibition presented with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
This is an exhibition catalogue dedicated to Anders Petersen, the Swedish photographer who studied under Christer Strömholm and is best known for his powerfully grainy black-and-white images and portraits. A must for photo buffs like Karl!
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1925 Quand L’Art Déco Séduit Le Monde (1925, when Art Deco Seduced the World)
Josephine Baker, Man Ray, and plenty of other names are included in this exhibition catalogue from the Cité de l’Architecture in Paris, examining the Roaring Twenties and the beginnings of the Art Deco movement.
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Henry van de Velde: Passion, fonction, beauté (Passion, function and beauty)
The most complete look at this Belgian painter, architect, and designer known for kicking off the Art Nouveau movement in Belgium. This edition accompanies the exhibition at the Cinquantenaire Museum in Brussels currently celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of van de Velde.
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Georges Braque 1882-1963, Paris, Grand Palais
Another catalogue, this time from the Grand Palais in Paris, dedicated to Georges Braque, the inventor of Cubism and collage art. Braque was a key figure in the 20th-century art world, and this is the first retrospective to be devoted to him in the last 40 years.
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Mode Anvers, L’Académie 50
Polish up your avant-garde fashion knowledge with the book that celebrates 50 years of the Anvers School of Fine Art, home to icons like Martin Margiela and Dries van Noten. There are lots of beautiful sketches as well as a preface by fashion legend Jean Paul Gaultier.
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Hair: Fashion and Fantasy, by Laurent Philippon
Laurent Philippon is a fashion hairstylist who's worked with anyone who’s anyone — including Monsieur Karl himself. Industry friends like Orlando Pita, David LaChapelle, and Daphne Guinness also contribute to this hair-raising book examining the iconography of tresses.
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The World According to Karl
Here, the Lagerfeld-approved collection of what the French like to call “Karlisms” — i.e., those scathing phrases and one-liners from one of the most iconic fashion designers of all time. There are almost 200 pages of zinging quotes.
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Reklame: Frühe Werbung Auf Plakaten (Early Billboard Advertising), by Karl Lagerfeld and René Grohnert
Available in German only, this is a reproduction of Lagerfeld’s treasured private collection of '20s German ad posters. A limited-edition run of only 1,000 boxes is available, and each box comes with several volumes of books within. Definitely the ultimate for those who can’t get enough of all things Karl!
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