UNITED STATES OF KARL: Karl Lagerfeld is definitely in a New York state of mind. Although the Paris-based fashion phenomenon plans to put his Lagerfeld Gallery collection on a New York runway in February, that won’t be his first fashion show in the Big Apple. Chanel confirmed to WWD on Wednesday that Lagerfeld will unveil a “Paris-New York” collection on Dec. 7. That luxury ready-to-wear collection is made to showcase the handiwork of the five couture ateliers Chanel owns, including the embroiderer Lesage. Since it was launched in 2002, Chanel has usually shown the ultraluxurious collection in Paris, but last year unveiled it in Tokyo in tandem with a boutique opening there.
LET ’ER RIP: Carine Roitfeld, editor in chief of French Vogue and a key consultant to Gucci during the Tom Ford era, has officially made the leap to designer. She’s the latest guest designer for sweater firm Lutz & Patmos, which recently collaborated with filmmaker Sofia Coppola. Roitfeld’s contribution to the spring collection is a cashmere sweater dubbed the “tramp” with elbow patches and strategically placed rips and tears.
ON THE NORTH SHORE: Long Island women no longer have to journey into Manhattan for the full Valentino experience. Last week, Valentino celebrated the official opening of its 750-square-foot boutique at the Americana Manhasset shopping center. The boutique is operated in partnership with Hirshleifer’s and attached to the upscale specialty store, though there is a separate Valentino entrance. Hirshleifer’s operates similar boutiques for Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana and J. Mendel. The new Valentino shop offers women’s ready-to-wear, shoes and handbags, and it resembles Valentino’s other freestanding stores, with oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, white leather banquettes and stone floors. Graziono de Boni, president and chief executive officer of Valentino in North America, said, “It’s extremely important for us to be in Long Island. It’s one of the highest-end communities in the country, just like South Coast Plaza [California] is. Those are the communities that reacted to Valentino in the marketplace the best and fastest.” Ten percent of sales last week were given to the Diabetes Research Institute.
DIOR ADORES MEXICO: Christian Dior marked a first when it quietly pushed into the Mexican market last summer. Rather than opening a ready-to-wear boutique, the company chose to focus on accessories, with two approximately 400-square-foot handbag shops-in-shops at the Palacio de Hierro department stores in Santa Fe and Perisur. The love affair between Mexico and Dior was in full bloom late last month, when local socialite Liliana Sada hosted a party for Marla Sabo, Dior’s president and chief operating officer in North America, at her Polanco penthouse. The night attracted a slew of celebrities, politicians and society types, including soap actress Arleth Teran, model and Mexican TV host Montserrat Olivier, Barbara Coppel, Oscar Madrazo, Viviana Corcuera, Moises Micha and Orfeo Quagliata.