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PEN AND PAPER: Karl Lagerfeld is about to share a treasure trove: the complete writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, as the 19th-century German philosopher wanted them published. Lagerfeld and Gerhard Steidl plan to publish them in fall 2012, printing only 3,000 copies of the 12-volume set. “Nietzsche’s Nietzsche” will show the typeset writings along with all his hand-corrected manuscripts. Lagerfeld showed off photocopies of a few original pages, with dense blocks of small handwriting — some words underlined, others stricken and overwritten — on sheets of pale yellow paper. “It’s very easy to read if you understand this type of German,” he said. “I would love to publish it in English, but it would take five to seven years to translate it.”

Speaking of handwriting, Lagerfeld has a brand new pen: his first design collaboration with S.T. Dupont, the Paris-based maker of lighters and other luxury accessories. The weighty instrument, in glossy red or black lacquer with gold trim, boasts a fanlike profile: rounded on one side, and a flattened triangle on the other to fit firmly between fingertips and not roll off the desk when resting.

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