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Fendi Fetes Karl Lagerfeld Charm

Leigh Lezark, Maria Moretti and Benn Northover joined the designer at Fendi’s Paris boutique.

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MINI ME: Besides reading material, Leigh Lezark’s bookshelf also boasts an all-black Tokidoki figurine of Karl Lagerfeld.

“It’s next to a Chanel trophy I won playing bocce ball,” The Misshapes deejay and fashion ambassador related at a party Tuesday night in Paris to launch a furry bag charm in Lagerfeld’s likeness.

According to Lezark, people yearn to collect figurines of the designer because “he’s really down to earth. He gets it — and he has fun with his fashion.”

British actor Benn Northover said he once spotted a doll made over a la Lagerfeld in a Paris guitar shop, so he snapped a photo and sent it to him. “He’s got the rock ‘n’ roll edge,” he enthused.

Fendi chief executive said the Karlito charm started out as a private gift from Sylvia Venturini Fendi to Lagerfeld, the Roman house’s designer of fur and ready-to-wear since 1965. Then Lagerfeld decided to open Fendi’s fall-winter show with the furry figurine dangled from the fingers of model-of-the-moment Cara Delevingne, sparking a craze that has the brand holding a waiting list in the hundreds.

Antonio Belloni, group managing director of Fendi’s parent, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, added that that fashion moment launched another trend — bold eyebrows — leading to a spike in sales of brow products.

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