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After 50 years at Fendi and 30 at Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld is the reigning monarch of the fashion world – and the only designer who could stage a couture show on top of the Trevi Fountain. One of the world’s most revered designers though he undoubtedly is, longevity in the fashion world doesn’t come easily without a fair amount of business savvy, too, as much as he’s loath to admit it. Indeed, Lagerfeld’s Midas touch even stretches to his pampered pussy, Choupette, one of social media’s most followed felines

It’s been nearly two decades since I first met Karl Lagerfeld, and over the years, I have come to realise that the only certainty in any conversation with him is that he is likely to avoid the obvious, and there will be many diversions along the way. And so it is that when I meet him in Rome, not long before the Fendi couture show at the Trevi Fountain, the last thing he wants to talk about is his visionary creative direction for the brand, which he juggles with his role at Chanel (and much else besides).

I’ve just seen a preview of the collection, which is in part inspired by the illustrations of the Danish artist Kay Nielsen, whose work included a haunting series of drawings for a collection of occasionally-menacing Scandinavian folk tales published in 1914, entitled East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Quite how this will relate to the setting of the Trevi Fountain remains unclear to me, at this point. (Later I remember that Anita Ekberg, who frolicked in the Trevi Fountain in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, was born and bred in Sweden; hence the possibly-tenuous Scandinavian connection?).

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The new October/November issue of Winq is stuffed with gay goodness. We’ve got an exclusive interview and cover with disco-pop queen Sophie Ellis-Bextor and a second cover featuring Ricky Martin. Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back and better than ever on new album Familia, while Puerto-Rican heartthrob Ricky Martin reminds us why he’s still the king of Latin pop (and as smouldering as ever). Elsewhere we meet the UK’s only out jockey, chat with actor Mark Gatiss, celebrate 50 years of Coming Out with author Jeffrey Weeks, and get to grips with Anohni’s politically-charged new album. Plus a bumper wedding section and Karl Lagerfeld in our business section. The wait is over - Winq is the luxury lifestyle magazine for gay men.
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