>> Karl Lagerfeld has been opposed to the publication of "The Beautiful Fall" since it first came out in September -- he claims to have identified "100 mistakes or more" in the book, which chronicles Paris fashion in the 1970's, specifically following Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent. Kaiser Karl especially seems to be incensed that the book insinuates he is older than he claims to be and that he has a "middle class" background. When Alicia Drake, the author, was originally writing the book, she asked to interview both Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent, but both declined.
N0w, Lagerfeld has started legal action in French courts against Drake, who lives in Paris, claiming invasion of privacy. A court decision is expected January 15.
When Pierre Berge (partner of Yves Saint Laurent) was asked about the situation, his comment was: "I would never do a legal procedure -- it is not worth it...There is a lot of complicity between designers and the press, but we must leave writers some space and freedom and not tie their hands." Ouch.
Personally, I've been reading this book for a while and haven't wanted to finish it because it's so good. If there wasn't a reason to pick it up before, there is now.