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MR. DRESS-UP: Karl Lagerfeld, who was in the south of France over Halloween shooting Claudia Schiffer for next spring’s Chanel campaign, did not get a chance to see designer Roberto Cavalli masquerading as him at a New York costume party. But Lagerfeld’s hardly surprised. “I am a popular figure for Halloween,” he said. “Last year friends of mine counted 19 copies [of me] they saw at their parties alone.” And the best Lagerfeld getup he’s seen to date? “James Kaliardos from Visionaire,” Lagerfeld said. “I think it’s a great complement.” Unfortunately, it’s one that’s not so easy to return. “Few [designers] have a very special way of dressing. They are ‘classic’ or jeans and T-shirt, so what can I take from them?” he lamented, then mused: “Ralph Lauren like a cowboy could be fun…” The peripatetic designer is headed next to Deauville for another photo session, and then to Neuss, near Düsseldorf in Germany, where the Langen Foundation is hosting a major Lagerfeld photo exhibition in its Tadao Ando-designed gallery.
NARCISO’S NIGHT: Narciso Rodriguez admitted he’s “very shy” at the Aid for AIDS’ My Heroes gala at Capitale Thursday night, but he’s figured out at least one way to make social affairs more enjoyable. “You take somebody who’s really fun, and it becomes much more about having a good time for a good cause than having to get dressed up,” he said. Rodriguez was honored for his fund-raising efforts for Aid for AIDS, which provides medicine to children with AIDS in Latin America. His fun companion for the evening was Eva Mendes, who flew in for the event from Milan. The two teased each other as they recalled how they met at The Delano in Miami five years ago. “Do you remember that?” Mendes asked Rodriguez, to which he answered, “Vaguely.” “I remember all of it,” said Mendes. “I remember when we first said hello, I remember the first hug.” She eventually forgave him for his forgetfulness. “He’s a man, they don’t remember stuff.” Mendes, who’s filming “The Spirit” with Scarlett Johansson in New Mexico, wore a purple Rodriguez dress.
This story first appeared in the November 12, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
A LONG DAY’S NIGHT: Longchamp kept even celebrities hungry at a dinner inside its SoHo store Thursday night, not to mention the other guests who sat waiting for a morsel or two. “I’m starving,” said Maggie Gyllenhaal. Seated around several square tables, various editors and friends of Longchamp gathered to toast DJ Michel Gaubert’s new accessories collection with the firm — and until about 10 p.m., toasting was all they did. Too bad Gyllenhaal didn’t get the memo to show up hours late like her other fellow celebrity guests, such as Leighton Meester of “Gossip Girls” and photographer Mick Rock, but the actress was in good spirits anyway, talking about her recent advertising campaign with Agent Provocateur. “It was a great experience,” said Gyllenhaal. “But my brother once called me from Heathrow [Airport] to tell me he had passed a giant picture of me in my underwear. I guess I forgot that would happen.”