26 January 2012

Karl Lagerfeld's Launch Party in Paris: Fake Invites, iPads and Azealia Banks Performs

What a way to say goodbye to Paris. Karl Lagerfeld threw a dinner for the fashion press and the ladies of Net A Porter who have the exclusive on his new lower-priced Karl collection. We gathered at his new Left Bank HQ to toast the new venture that went live and exclusive on the web this afternoon. By the time Natalie Massanet made it to dinner, the site had notched up over a 1,000 sales worldwide. There was lots to celebrate.

Turns out we weren’t the only ones who wanted to raise a glass to Karl’s new venture. One lady was spotted looking a little lost and when asked if she was okay, it turns out she had an invitation engraved with the name of Net A Porter’s Natalie Massanet. She was a Russian lady, who wasn’t even a member of Natalie’s team. She had been sold a pretty perfect fake of the dinner invitation by a ticket tout, who had charged her 700 euro.  She got a glass of champagne and a macaroon and a taxi home.

We reckoned an unscrupulous editor could make a tidy sum with some unwanted tickets and a few carefully styled disguises. But then we had to decide which tickets we’d be willing to part with and couldn’t think of any. So that was the end of that. But isn’t it amazing what counterfeiters can sell these days?

Karl Lagerfeld's Launch Party: Fake Invites, iPads

Azealia Banks continued her Planet Fashion take-over by entertaining the crowd wearing a sharp cobalt blue jacket and Karl-esque sunnies. The cosy dinner ended with white jacketed waiters lifting silver domes on huge white plates revealing spanking new iPad’s, which played Karl’s movie for the new collection [above]. Just when you think you’ve seen it all and can’t be surprised any more, there is always something.

As we waited to say goodnight, a few of us managed to get onto Net A Porter. At the last count, seven items were already completely sold out. Not bad going for a man in his eighth decade with a couture collection, a publishing house,  photographic studio and two other ready to wear lines to run.

By Paula Reed in Paris


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Cheri-Kay Threadgill (Thu Jan 26 14:47:21 GMT 2012): What a great success! Congrats!