Karl Lagerfeld Has Been Keeping Late Nights

But not burning the midnight oil in preparation for his Chanel show this morning. No, he’s been throwing a few parties, starting with a bash two nights ago for his collaboration with the Italian label Hogan. A converted bank, with a fully modernized interior, formed the backdrop for the sporty collaboration. Models road bicycles around the top balconies while guests waited in anticipation for the entertainment, a film directed by the Kaiser. And what a film it was, with melodramatic performances by his muse, Baptiste Giabiconi, and Polish model Magdalena Frackowiak. Who knew Karl was such a comedian, if unintended?

At one point I bumped into the lovely Marisa Berenson. She was wonderful as the Italian matriarch in the recent film I Am Love. She is not only talented and still very beautiful, but was also very entertaining to talk to. She will apparently be the next subject/collaborator/muse to artist Katerina Jebb, who just showed her collaboration with Tilda Swinton in Milan.

Karl was out again last night to celebrate Fendi’s new fragrance, Fan, at VIP. Fortunately, this time he chose to be entertained rather than entertain, and invited Duran Duran to perform. And perform they did, turning out all their classics, from Rio to Girls on Film, with everything in between that surprisingly even included a David Bowie tribute. But it was Duran Duran that the crowd wanted and got at maximum energy, with Simon Le Bon in fab form. While wall-to-wall Fendi-clad models shook their tails on the dance floor, Karl, Babette, and even Suzi Menkes were grinning from ear to ear in the balcony above.

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