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COVER SHOOT: Theophilus London, the Brooklyn-based recording artist repped by Next Management, has teamed with Karl Lagerfeld for his second full-length album, WWD has learned. Earlier this year, Lagerfeld art-directed and photographed all imagery for “Vibes,” as well as the cover art for the album’s first official single, “Tribe.”
“I met Karl maybe three years ago,” London said, explaining that Lagerfeld had asked to photograph him for his book with Carine Roitfeld, “The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited,” which was released in 2012. The two became friendly after that initial meeting, and London wanted Lagerfeld to shoot him again — this time for his album artwork. “[My agent] called me with Karl on speaker and Karl was like, ‘Yes, I’ll shoot your cover,’” London said. “I was freaking out, screaming. I was like a kid. I’ve always admired him. He’s a genius in so many different ways…I wanted to just shoot for the stars.”
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After nearly missing his flight because of a passport fiasco and a snowstorm in New York, London made it to Lagerfeld’s photo studio in Paris by the skin of his teeth. “His whole schedule is booked up for the next three years and he was only free for two hours, so we made it work. He brought all the ideas to the shoot. His handwriting is even on the cover,” London said.
The single — which features an impromptu jumping shot of London in a Dior jacket — will be available for purchase on iTunes on Tuesday, while the full album, produced by Brodinski and Club Cheval, will be released in October.