Maybe she should be called Lady Harlech of Chanel. Amanda Harlech is expected to sign her new Chanel contract in Paris on Wednesday. As reported, Harlech is ending her 12-year collaboration with John Galliano to join Karl Lagerfeld. Although her title at Chanel is still not known, Harlech will start work immediately on the spring couture collection, which will be shown in January. She already has thrown herself into her new role. A radiant Harlech whisked into Paris for a couple of hours last week, showing up briefly at the Ritz Bar in a new Chanel tweed and lame suit. Lagerfeld was thrilled with his latest coup. “She’s very intelligent, has a terrific eye and is a delightful person,” said the designer. “And there was a long history between Coco Chanel and the English aristocracy, so our relationship is a continuation of that.”
Europe’s fashion insiders can’t get enough of the final two episodes of “Absolutely Fabulous,” which recently aired in England. The shows include star-turns from Christian Lacroix and Suzy Menkes, who play themselves, and Marianne Faithful — who plays God. One fashion moment: Jennifer Saunder’s Edina walks into Lacroix’s London boutique, passionately kisses the door and then throws herself at the designer’s feet.