It takes little effort to draw connections between the late Andy Warhol and designer Karl Lagerfeld. Both were known, in addition to their immense talents, for their wild personalities. Their ennui followed them everywhere they went. And as the saying goes, behind every great man is a great woman. Both Andy and Karl have careers dependent on female muses, who inevitably become famous in their own right.
For Andy it was Edie Sedgwick, the waify blonde who epitomized mod, and for Karl, it has been Vanessa Paradis, the gaptoothed brunette. You can find Paradis on the arm of Karl on the red carpet, front row at Chanel shows, and in Chanel ad campaigns. She is, essentially, the Edie to his Andy — although we hope their friendship has a better ending.
In an upcoming issue of Madame Figaro, Karl Lagerfeld shot Vanessa Paradis in a Warhol Factory-inspired photospread, styled by Leila Smara. The stripes, the eyelashes, the beautiful helplessness, all of which identified Edie Sedgwick are present in the photos of Paradis. And Andy’s work — most notably his obsession with televisions, is prevalent throughout the twelve-page editorial.