CAMBON CAPERS: Karl Lagerfeld, having slimmed himself down 90 pounds, has now put his Chanel couture audience on a diet. The July 9 runway affair will take place at Chanel’s storied Rue Cambon salons, which have recently been renovated under Lagerfeld’s direction — but not enlarged. The space can accommodate only 140 guests per show: one for clients and another for press. After doing a few big couture spectacles — one in a tent in the Tuileries, another at a public school — Lagerfeld said he wanted a change. “This collection is very couture,” he said. “I want people to really see it up close. It would be a little lost in a big room. I was in the mood for something intimate. It’ll be a real couture show.” Normally, Chanel invites between 800 and 900 people to its shows, so it’s bracing for disappointment. Major magazines will be offered no more than two or three seats, maximum. Marie-Louise de Clermont-Tonnerre, head of international public relations for Chanel, sent out apology letters Tuesday explaining the decision and promising to dispatch swiftly press kits and photos to the hundreds shut out. Also, the show will be broadcast on French cable station Paris Premiere later that night — with the designer offering commentary.
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SINGING ALONG: The main floor at the party for Entertainment Weekly’s annual It list Monday night at Milk Studios was a smorgasbord of journalists, ad execs and celebrities, but the biggest surprise was an actually sober looking Macy Gray, who showed up at 10 p.m. and did an entire live set for the audience of 500. And though the junior level ad execs and Hollywood starlets (Hayden Christensen and Heather Graham) didn’t quite know what to do with DJ John Digweed’s set of tech-house and trance, people still had a good time. Graham stood around talking while Christensen graciously accepted numerous requests of single young women who wanted to have their pictures taken with him. And across the way, Monica Lewinsky discussed the merits of Moby, who was standing against the wall. “I just think he’s awesome. His first album, “Play,” was like a Rorschach test. No one knows the names of any of the songs but they know the numbers.” Actually, Monica, Moby was around long before Play’s songs got put into car commercials, but it’s a cute thought.
ROCK AND ROYAL: London’s Royal Academy thundered with drum beats and electric guitar on Monday evening at a flower-filled summer ball to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and raise money for the Academy. Guests, including Conrad and Barbara Black, Rob and Kim Hersov, Domenico and Eleanor De Sole, Cosima and Riccardo Pavoncelli, Nicholas and Georgina Coleridge, Tim Jeffries, and Leonard and Evelyn Lauder — who had arrived that day from the WWD Beauty CEO Summit in Evian, France — danced to everything from Cole Porter tunes to the score from “Grease.” Eleanor De Sole, despite having her ankle in a cast, hopped and hobbled on the dance floor to Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” Leonard Lauder, however, preferred chatting to cha-cha. Asked by a fellow guest what he did for a living, the low-key Lauder replied: “I sell lipsticks.””