Karl Lagerfeld’s favourite football players

by Kitty Drake in September 2021
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A German magazine about men’s fashion and football, Sepp is interested in the “return of sartorial elegance”. Some of the pieces in here don’t exactly scream “elegance” (one key feature is a series of naked models, some of them showering, all of them draped in their national flags). But other shoots are more interesting. Kingsley Coman is the cover star, dressed in Armani and Berluti suits and Puma tracksuits, hand-stitched by Germany’s leading bespoke tailor, Detlev Diehm. The clothes are spectacular, and the setting — Paradiso, Munich’s oldest nightclub — is camp and delightfully tacky. (Coman wears black heeled boots in many of the shots, and is surrounded by disco balls).

Sepp has been publishing since 2002, and had a longstanding relationship with the late Karl Lagerfeld. In the last decade of his life, in addition to designing for Fendi, Chanel, and his own eponymous line, Lagerfeld also drew political caricatures for the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, as well as football players in the run-up to major tournaments, for Sepp. Lagerfeld purportedly hated football, but enjoyed sketching players. His last drawings are published here.

Below, we’ve photographed some of our favourite spreads.



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