MODERN LOVE: Who said Americans no longer want to buy French products? That was the reaction of Karl Lagerfeld to a triumphant sale last week of his collection of mostly French modernist furniture and objects, since roughly 80 percent of the buyers were American. He told Sotheby’s, which conducted the sale in Paris, that it “reaffirmed the fraternity of French and American taste.” Not to mention Lagerfeld’s. The sale netted about $8 million, converted from euros at current exchange — more than double expectations. A pair of Jean-Michel Frank tables fetched $458,000, while Eileen Gray’s oak and lacquer console went for $375,000.
This story first appeared in the May 19, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
KLUM TIME: Heidi Klum just couldn’t break away. Although her appearance was billed from noon to 1 p.m., the model stayed around greeting throngs of customers, taking pictures with fans and signing autographs until 2:30 p.m. Thursday at H&M’s Fifth Avenue flagship. Dressed in jeans and a bright yellow halter top, Klum is the latest to show off swimwear for H&M’s summer ad campaign.
BOARD WITH BUNNIES: The ratio was one Playmate to every 15 surfers and skateboarders at Hef’s Mansion Thursday night, and the man of the house was nowhere in sight (“It’s his night out,” said one of the Playmates). But that didn’t seem to faze the 80 guests or so who turned out to celebrate the magazine’s first fashion spread on the action sports genre, along with a debut screening of the biopic, “Nihi Loa,” on big wave legend Titus Kinimaka. The leathered Hawaiian wave warrior, 48, was there, along with 29-year-old competitive skater Omar Hassan, who both appear in the spread, alongside other pros and a couple of bikini-clad Playmates. For Playboy fashion director Joseph De Acetis, the shoot is only the beginning. “These our are readers,” insisted De Acetis, a film crew from ESPN’s board show 123 hovering nearby. “You’re going to see a lot more of this in the future. I promise.”