The book recounts his life and times in over 20 years spent up close with the legendary fashion designer, who died February 19, 2019. He reveals more in an interview:
It’s true that I grew up in several places in the North Banlieue. When I arrived in Paris, I discovered Karl’s world, it was the opposite of our kinds of lives, that’s for sure. It took me a little while to get used to, but I appreciated it.
I don’t think I was Karl’s muse. I was the model for the brand, as for many others, because Karl liked to improvise, to slip me into photos at the last minute — adverts, shows — for all of the brands with which he worked … Otherwise, yes, I was his personal assistant and his bodyguard. He was first and foremost my boss.
I just remember that we did the job, and we did it well! Him as well as me. That’s all we wanted, that nobody should know anything. It wasn’t much fun at the time, but we got through it alright, that’s the main thing.
He would be upset with me!
The moment he left us.
I would bring him back.
Of course! Today I work with the brand, which is also family for me. We have developed quite a few things together, they have trusted me. I represented the Karl Lagerfeld brand as Sébastien Jondeau, former personal assistant of Karl Lagerfeld, it wasn’t modeling. I was, and I still am, the brand ambassador. This family-like aspect developed. Today, that continues, and we keep it alive. My relations with the brand are very good, and I hope to have the opportunity to continue working on plenty of projects!
Our relationship is not strained: there is no particular relationship between Baptiste and I. I didn’t write anything unkind in my book, he is a part of my life regardless. I couldn’t write a book about my life with Karl without mentioning him. He has a place [in that], which he is entitled to. There is no animosity, I just explain my vision of life about things that I saw and the way in which I perceived them, that’s my free will. As for a collaboration, both of us are very busy.
(Main image credit: Karl Lagerfeld)
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