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BOOK CLUB: An army of Chanel-clad Parisians thronged around Karl Lagerfeld at a signing for English author Justine Picardie’s book, “Chanel Sa Vie,” at the Galignani bookstore in the City of Light. Lagerfeld waxed lyrical about the tome’s revelation of Coco Chanel’s intimate relationship with the Duke of Westminster, but said he is in no hurry to have his life detailed in any such chronicle. “No, no, no, what a dreadful thought. They have all failed so far,” quipped Lagerfeld.

“Karl read the book and contacted me and said he wanted to illustrate it,” said Picardie, who added she is in the throes of writing a new nonfiction work. “It will be a memoir,” she disclosed.

This story first appeared in the March 30, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Meanwhile, the great-grandniece of Chanel, Marine le Bruni, and her father turned up for the cocktail. “I have this amazing silver mink stole from Chanel,” she said, while le Bruni’s father proudly said that they are the only two living direct descendants of the iconic designer.

Photographer Dominique Issermann explained she is working on her first book with acclaimed publisher Steidl. “I am quite superstitious, so I prefer to say nothing more. But hopefully, it will be out in the fall,” said Issermann.

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