MIDNIGHT OIL: While many designers collapse in a heap after their shows, Karl Lagerfeld picks up a camera — and puts on his dancing shoes. After his triumphant Chanel show on Tuesday, the indefatigable designer dashed to his studio on Rue de Lille for an important session. The Russian sitter’s father placed the winning bid of 650,000 euros, or about $895,000, at an AmfAR auction in Cannes for the chance to be photographed by Lagerfeld, who delivered four different portraits. Later, he hightailed it over to Printemps to see Courtney Love perform under its giant cupola.
“This is couture punk rock. We’re doing our own roadying,” drawled Love from the stage as the likes of Liv Tyler, Riccardo Tisci and Gareth Pugh cheered from a front row of deep white leather banquettes. Love’s 30-minute set capped off a raucous evening organized by the Paris department store and V magazine in honor of the “Printemps loves New York” festival. Model Kristen McMenamy repeatedly hugged Lagerfeld, while another guest sat on a friend’s shoulders and fist-pumped as Love blasted through old Hole songs and covers including “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Like a Prayer.”
Stephen Gan, editor in chief and creative director of V, said the alliance with Printemps was pure coincidence: both the magazine and the retailer had decided to celebrate the Big Apple at the same time. “The energy is back in New York. You walk around and you feel it, just going out to dinner, going out to clubs,” he said. The Council of Fashion Designers of America asked 15 designers — including Peter Som, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs and Devi Kroell — to create limited-edition T-shirts for Printemps, available until Oct. 10. “The world is expanding and we need to export, and as president of the CFDA I always tell them that,” said Diane Von Furstenberg, “This is the beginning.”
Printemps fashion editor Maria Luisa Poumaillou said that going forward, she plans to stage events one Thursday per month in her shop inside the Paris flagship store. The first, later this month, will showcase limited-edition reproductions of classic Salvatore Ferragamo shoe designs. The space will also host trunk shows for Carven and Roland Mouret, and a pop-up store for accessories designer Natalia Brilli.