SPORTING LIFE: "It’s all about sportif, no?" was the question Karl Lagerfeld posed, as he led a select group of editors around Chanel’s couture salons Sunday, decorated with the newest Chanel sporting goods — surfboards, a kite, even a dingy, complete with survival equipment. What they saw were more updated Chanel-isms, including shrunken tweed jackets (one even worn inside out), paired with pleated cotton shorts and loaded with beads; delicate evening chiffons, decorated with felt and tulle paillettes and Deauville-inspired navy and white rompers. And the surfboards? Well, Lagerfeld hasn’t tested them personally, since, as he pointed out, "My insurance won’t let me surf."

Meanwhile, Chanel has a new mademoiselle. French actress Anna Mouglalis, a Chanel aficionado and great pal of Lagerfeld, has been named the ambassador of Chanel fashion, watches and jewelry, starting Oct. 8. Mouglalis, 23, joins the ranks of such famous former Chanel faces as Carole Bouquet and Ines de la Fressange. Mouglalis, who has acted in films like "Merci Pour le Chocolat" and "La Captive," will also be among the new faces for Chanel’s Allure fragrance in an advertising campaign breaking in March 2003.

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