Wit & Wisdom of Coco and Karl



ISBN: 9780500027820 Category:

Jean-Christophe Napias


Immerse yourself in the wit and wisdom of Coco and Karl: two elegant collections of the legendary designers’ maxims on style, creativity and life.

Chic, sharp and always on point, Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld continue to captivate young generations of fashion fans. Chanel was fierce and uncompromising in her opinions on fashion, women and life, while Lagerfeld’s famously controversial pronouncements were seized upon by fashionistas, acolytes and sages around the world. Cultivated, surprising and sometimes shocking, their ‘bons mots’ are always impossible to ignore.

This elegant box set contains two slim volumes of their pithiest, wittiest and most provocative quotations, and will be required reading for us all today as we negotiate the trickiest curves of modern life.

‘Fashion changes, but style endures’ Coco Chanel

‘People who tell all appal me’ Karl Lagerfeld

‘The best things in life are free. The second-best are very expensive’ Coco Chanel

‘You must never be afraid of progress. Otherwise you are damned’ Karl Lagerfeld

Additional information

Weight 808 g
Dimensions 13.5 x 18.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 20 January 2024
Number of pages 352
Format Hardback
Dimensions 13.5 x 18.6 cm
Weight 808 g


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Jean-Christophe Napias is an author, translator and editor of books on dandies, dance music and camp culture. Sandrine Gulbenkian is director of Parigramme, a Parisian publishing house. Patrick Mauri├Ęs is a writer and publisher of many notable titles on fashion and design, including Jewelry by Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld: A Life in Houses and several titles in 'The World According to...' series, all published by Thames & Hudson.