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Changing the Chanel

Anybody attempting to flick through the latest copy of Wallpaper* – and attempt is the operative word, given the weight of the magazine – may miss a photo of a disconsolate-looking pair sheltering outside the Mercer Hotel in New York. This oddest of odd couples comprises Chanel supremo and born-again skinny Karl Lagerfeld, and architecture’s inimitable Zaha Hadid. Apparently they are collaborating on a secret project for Chanel. Is architecture’s grande ...

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