MUSE-ONCE-REMOVED: Tallulah Harlech has Karl Lagerfeld to thank for her latest film role. She plays a Chanel model who has to sell her real-life mother, Amanda, a hat in a short silent film that is supposed to be used as an opener for Chanel’s pre-fall presentation next month. Her mother only had a few words of wisdom before the cameras rolled: “Don’t pout like Keira Knightley,” the younger Harlech said last week at the Bowery Hotel.
Lagerfeld, whom she has known forever, was more vocal about his preferences. “Karl has a very specific way he wants you to walk and look and turn,” she said. “Karl is hilarious. As serious and scary as he looks, he tells the best jokes.”
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When not swapping one-liners with the designer, the Harlechs routinely share clothes, accessories and fashion advice. The young thespian is flying back to England to shoot an independent film for Working Title Films. Afterwards, she will return to Gotham for more work in film and theater.
Harlech was among the guests at the Cool vs. Cruel ceremony, which honored Marc Bouwer and Calvin Klein in absentia.
HOUSEWARMING: Franco-Japanese relations took a fashionable turn Thursday night at the opening of Yohji Yamamoto’s new Paris flagship on Rue Cambon. “It’s the worst possible time to be opening, and I like it,” grinned Yamamoto as he led Azzedine Alaia and Comme des Garçons president Adrien Joffe around the premises. Joffe said he’d popped down to H&M’s Boulevard Haussmann store that morning to see how the Comme des Garçons line was selling. “It was quite a mob scene compared to Japan,” he remarked. There’s no slowing down for Yamamoto’s retail neighbor Maria Luisa, either, who said she plans to open a new location in Qatar in January.
EN GARDE: Friends of contemporary art, Hugo Boss and the Guggenheim packed the museum’s lobby on Thursday to fete the finalists for the Hugo Boss Prize. Emily Jacir, a Palestinian mixed-media artist, won the $100,000 award, and sounded nearly as giddy about that as the belted red sheath dress she wore for the occasion. “I love the free dress they gave me. They gave all the artists clothes, and I felt like the artist version of ‘Pretty Woman’ when I went to the Hugo Boss store to pick it out,” she said. John Slattery of “Mad Men” was wearing Boss threads when he got caught in the rain and had to change. He huddled with Stanley Tucci, Julianne Moore and Talia Balsam, his real wife who also plays his character’s wife. No one in the VIP area lapped up more attention than Olympic fencers Jason Rogers and Tim Morehouse, who wore their silver medals to raise the profile of the sport, they said.
DOUBLE HAPPINESS: It was a family affair at Indochine Thursday night when two members of the Restoin-Roitfeld clan, Carine Roitfeld and her son, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, hosted a joint birthday party for the other half: Julia Restoin Roitfeld and her father, Christian Restoin. Among the 30 guests at the intimate dinner were Stavros Niarchos, model Lara Stone and Genevieve Jones. Since in such a situation doing things just once wouldn’t do, “Happy Birthday” was sung twice. But presumably two birthday cakes seemed too pedestrian, so instead partygoers toasted the duo with tray after tray of shots.
TIME FOR TOD’S: Tod’s lured the London fashion pack in from a drizzly evening in the city Thursday night for a taste of a Roman summer at its Bond Street store. The label threw a soiree to screen its “Pashmy Dream,” film, directed by Dennis Hopper, in which Gwyneth Paltrow wanders through the streets of Rome with a Tod’s Pashmy handbag. Guests including Jasmine Guinness, Jade Parfitt, Sam Branson and Annabelle Nielson gathered at the packed store while Petrina Khashoggi provided the soundtrack, taking to the decks along with DJ Dan Lywood. “I’ve never DJ’d before, it’s my first time — he’s the professional,” confided Khashoggi, nodding to Lywood. But she said she might be up for a repeat performance. “I’ve got a lot of dance records at home, maybe I’ll make it a regular thing,” she mused.