Always careful about his image in the world, Karl Lagerfeld was the first to admit to a case of overexposure during the Paris collections. The designer declined interviews following his Chanel show, reportedly on the grounds that he was suffering from an overdose… of himself. At his signature show, Lagerfeld emblazoned his mug onto handbags, which one model used to hide her own face as she approached the cameras. A few days later, Lagerfeld feted German manufacturer Steiff’s creation of a mini-me tiny teddy bear adorned in his “uniform” of jeans, jacket and tie from the K Karl Lagerfeld collection, plus the mandatory black shades from his eyewear line. Lagerfeld fans crowded Colette for the introduction of the 1,000 euro, or $1,400 at current exchange, bears. That same evening, a mass of people tuned in to watch an almost hour-long documentary featuring the designer, Un Roi Seul (A Lone King). “I hate to see myself, but it’s part of the job,” Lagerfeld told WWD after a screening. “I had an overdose of me.” Asked if he is the narcissist seen in the documentary, Lagerfeld replied: “I think it’s a good thing to be. It stops you letting yourself go. It should be an obligation. It stops you being a burden to others.”

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