Hip hip hooray, three cheers and felicitations to Karl Lagerfeld, who received the Legion of Honour (like French OBE) from President Sarkozy at the Elysée palace yesterday.
Beaucoup de fashion designers have been garlanded with the honour in the past year. Creative director of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, for one, as well as mother and daughter team Sonia and Nathalie Rykiel.
Guests of the President and his supermodel wife, Carla included Carine Roitfeld, Stephen Gan, Peter Phillips, Sidney Toledano and Delphine Arnault. According to WWD, the medal presented to Karl was a one-of-a-kind creation made to order by the French Mint and Chanel’s high jewellery workshops as a surprise for the designer, who for once was lost for words and only managed to say 'I am much better at making small talk than at giving speeches.'
By the sound of things the Pres and the designer hit it off quite well. At the party. The statesman assured the designer that he had his sympathies when it came to the ruthless calendar of the fashion world... 'A world where there is an election every six months — I feel for you: Horrible, horrible, horrible,' Sarkozy said. Can we think of a designer who’d better suit this status? Hardly.