On The Avenue

FIT’s Couture Council Honors Fashion’s King Karl Lagerfeld

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Patrick McMullan Company
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Almost every face in fashion was at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center for FIT’s Couture Council lunch honoring Karl Lagerfeld, hosted by actress Diane Kruger, who said “I’ve known Karl for half my life” before giving Lagerfeld the Fashion Visionary Award. Sponsored by Quintessentially, the chi-chi crowd was a who’s who of the style elite.

To give you a sample of the chicness, chew on these names: Anna Wintour (who sat to Lagerfeld’s right and donned dark shades the whole lunch), Amy Astley, Andre Leon Talley, Veronica Webb, Daphne Guinness (in black and white Chanel to match her black and white coif), Lagerfeld’s date and muse Lady Amanda Harlech, Amy Fine Collins, Susan Fales-Hill, Alexandra Lebenthal, Hamish Bowles, Ruben and Isabel Toledo, Joanna Coles, Cathy Horyn, Charlotte Moss, Nina Griscom, model Elisa Sednaoui, Fe Fendi, FIT’s Valerie Steele, Liz Peek, Linda Fargo, Lynn Wyatt, Mickey Boardman, Lauren Santo Domingo, Michael Musto, Martha Stewart, Zaldy, Dr. Joyce Brown, Ingrid Sischy and Sandy Brant (who sat to Lagerfeld’s left), Rosson Crow, Rachel Zoe, Stephen Gan, Ulla Parker, Caroline Sieber, Dori Cooperman, Glenda Bailey, Poppy Delevigne, Robert Verdi, Leigh Lezark and W’s new Editor in Chief Stefano Tonchi.

Still hungry for more chic? Simon Doonan and Alan Cumming kept everyone laughing as MCs of the day. Even Chanel goodies were raffled off and in a fun twist, Coralie Charriol Paul, who’s family owns Charriol watches, won a Chanel timepiece.

“This year, we all had an idea to honor Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel,” The Couture Council’s Yaz Hernandez told me. “In the beginning, we were nervous that he’d decline the offer. The worst thing that he can say is no. All of our hard work and determination paid off when he said yes. Everybody at the council was thrilled and delighted.”

During his sweet and short acceptance speech, Lagerfeld claimed, “I feel a bit guilty. I don’t deserve [this].” But by the long standing ovation, Lagerfeld deserves the award more than anyone else in the fashion orbit.


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