Chéri, a novel by colette
This novel, written by Colette in 1920, is part of Karl Lagerfeld's literary collection. The book is a great source of inspiration for the pictures in the 2009 Spring-Summer Accessories Catalogue, which portrays a woman (Jerry Hall) and her much younger lover (Baptiste Giabiconi). 'Chéri' tells the story of Léa de Lonval, a former courtesan who, approaching fifty, falls in love with a young dandy, Fred Peloux, going by the name 'chéri'. The son of a rich courtesan, this handsome young man of 25 lives surrounded and pampered by eccentric and liberal demi-mondaines, typical of the 1920s. Idle and narcissistic, he lives six years of passion with this glamorous woman, who passes on all her experience to him. He then leaves her to wed Edmée, the very young daughter of a rich friend of his mother’s. The passion and disillusionment of this short story portrays a certain social milieu of the Paris 'Belle Epoque' — a milieu well known to Colette and Mademoiselle Chanel during those carefree years.