KARL’S HONOR: Expect Karl Lagerfeld sightings during New York’s fashion week and Fashion’s Night Out in September. The Couture Council of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology will be honoring Lagerfeld with a special Fashion Visionary Award on Sept. 10, and Lagerfeld will attend the organization’s annual benefit luncheon at Avery Fisher Hall that day. “We chose him because he is just an absolutely outstanding designer, one of the greatest of the 20th and 21st century,” said Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT. “He is not just incredibly respected within the fashion world, but also known to everybody and instantly recognizable.” Lagerfeld was picked by an advisory committee that includes Ken Downing, Linda Fargo, Julie Gilhart, Glenda Bailey, Hamish Bowles, Akiko Fukai and Pamela Golbin. The luncheon chairs will include Daphne Guinness, Charlotte Moss, Diana Taylor, Liz Peek and Alexandra Lebenthal.

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MORE FROM THE MET: More designers are firming up their dates for Monday night’s Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Stefano Pilati’s date for the night will be January Jones, while Tommy and Dee Hilfiger are rumored to be hosting Christina Hendricks; Mick Jagger and L’Wren Scott; John Currin; Zoe Kazan; Peter Som, and Jimmy Fallon and his wife, Nancy Juvonen, at their table. It looks like the night will be once again full of stars. As reported, Michael Kors is expected to bring Brooke Shields, Diane Lane, Carolyn Murphy, Natasha Poly and Chanel Iman to the benefit, while Ralph and Ricky Lauren are hosting Taylor Swift, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake at their table.

CHRISTIAN’S TRUMP CARD: Speaking of the Met, Melania Trump has opted to wear Christian Siriano. “I wanted to have a fierce dress to wear,” said Trump. “He’s known for fierce, young, glamorous, elegant, sexy, big and beautiful,” she added of the 24-year-old winner of “Project Runway.” “He thinks out of the box, and nowadays, it’s great when designers do that, especially for an occasion like this. The [Costume Institute] gala is the Oscars of fashion.” Of working with Trump, who is married to Donald Trump, Siriano said: “It’s quite surreal to be invited over to the house.” While celebrity clients are always a coup (Siriano dressed Rihanna for a Super Bowl kickoff party), the designer is working on building his wholesale business. His collection is sold at select Saks Fifth Avenue doors, and for fall, will bow at three Neiman Marcus locations. Siriano also sells to small boutiques in the U.S., two stores in Dubai and two in Kuwait. And after designing a claw-heeled shoe collection for Payless in March, Siriano has graduated to “a more contemporary designer shoe,” under his own name, priced from $200 to $400.


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