PEACE ON EARTH: He’s a designer, photographer, publisher and diet guru. And now Karl Lagerfeld, fashion’s ultimate multitasker, can add diplomat to his résumé. On Thursday, he called a time-out in Europe’s luxury wars, inviting Hermès chairman Jean-Louis Dumas and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton fashion honcho Yves Carcelle to Chanel’s Rue Cambon couture studios for a mini showing of pre-fall ready-to-wear. The presentation was intended to show off the savoir faire of the specialty ateliers Chanel now owns, among them the embroidery house Lesage and haute shoemaker Massaro. "They might be our competitors, but they’re our clients, too," Lagerfeld said of LVMH and Hermès, which use the various Chanel-owned ateliers to make products. "Very different," Carcelle offered, as a review of Lagerfeld’s collection before greeting Dumas and assorted Chanel executives. "It’s great that our industry can have such camaraderie."

Meanwhile, Lagerfeld also called a cease fire in the war against smoking. As guests arrived at the show, they were presented with white cigarette packs with Chanel’s famous double-C emblem embossed on the front. Inside were dark chocolate sticks by pastry master Pierre Herme. "I’ve never smoked, but I like the attitude of smoking," Lagerfeld explained. "We can’t always be so politically correct, non?"

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