Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of French fashion house Chanel, has teamed up with designer Philippe Starck this month to create a special edition cover for Wallpaper* magazine.
Starck has developed a new technology of paper allowing the cover to be constructed from three layers of tracing paper which has never before been used on a magazine. The publication has a peelable cover, featuring Baptiste Giabiconi in Dior Homme, which can be removed to reveal the other cover with the model naked.
Lagerfeld and Starck have each edited large sections of the October issue. Lagerfeld, also a sought-after photographer, has shot Giabiconi in a variety of historical settings across continental Europe, including Rome and Paris. He also writes about his collection of houses.
Starck has chosen a more philosophical subject for his pages, focusing on mankind’s quest to discover the meaning of life and interviewing scientists, physicists and cosmologists. “It is my mission to make intelligence sexy,” he said.
Editor-in-chief, Tony Chambers explained, “Like their illustrious predecessors, (including Jeff Koons, Dieter Rams, Hedi Slimane, Zaha Hadid, Rei Kawakubo and Louise Burgeous) Lagerfeld and Starck have made full use of their prime piece of Wallpaper* real estate.”
Always willing to push the raunch factor (for the sake of art and fashion naturally), Wallpaper magazine seem to be trying to outdo their Sex Issue, released a couple of months ago (editorial by Nick Knight).