Karl Lagerfeld’s appearance at the Royal College of Art’s graduate fashion show in London last Thursday bordered on farce. The designer flew over to announce the winner of the first Lagerfeld Scholarship for women’s wear, and ran into a parade of glitches.

First, his plane was late and he arrived at the Banqueting Hall after several hundred guests had begun eating. Their meal was interrupted by the master of ceremonies, who demanded everyone stand, and announced Lagerfeld’s appearance as if a member of the Royal Family had just descended.

After a show of graduating students’ collections, Lagerfeld took the runway. He opened the envelope to announce the winner of the Lagerfeld Scholarship, only to say, “This isn’t the winner, it’s my invitation.” The emcee scrambled and found another envelope, which Lagerfeld opened. “It’s blank. There’s no winner? There must be a winner, no?” The right envelope was finally located. But, no one could find the winner, Anne Nathan. Lagerfeld even went off behind the runway curtain to conduct a little search. She appeared after five minutes.

“Many of these people are in fashion, but perhaps they should be in art direction because the collections were so beautifully presented,” Lagerfeld said graciously at the end of the embarrassing episode.

London’s hot June weather was perfect for Ascot last week, which was one of the best in years in terms of fashion. Big hats and pastel suits were the mainstays, with the most popular hat design the big black circle from Herald and Heart Hatters that Andie MacDowell wore in “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” But the standout outfit was worn by Viscountess Linley on Thursday, Ladies Day. She drew all eyes with a pale lilac bandage dress from Herve Leger, the skirt trimmed in matching ostrich feathers, and a matching hat.

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