The Karl Crew
It's no secret that where Karl Lagerfeld goes, fashion follows. At last night's dinner celebrating the launch of his plastic shoe capsule for the Brazilian brand Melissa, the in-crowd was out in force. Carine Roitfeld, Olivier Zahm, André Leon Talley, Lady Amanda Harlech, and Arianna Huffington descended upon En Sushi in the West Village to toast the kaiser's tooty-fruity-scented kicks, some of which feature glittery ice-cream cone heels. "It was a very basic choice," said Lagerfeld of his accessories' scrumptious details.
"I met Karl a decade ago when we were shooting for V Man. We're like family," said model Brad Koenig during a cocktail fête at Melissa's Soho store earlier in the evening. (He's not exaggerating—Lagerfeld is his catwalking son Hudson's godfather). Indeed, the dinner had a "family" vibe— Michelle Harper and Jenny Shimizu demonstrated their workout routine at the table while munching on sashimi, guests like Karlie Kloss, Constance Jablonski, and Karolina Kurkova (who was pretty thrilled about winning The Face) giggled and struck silly poses for the camera, and Lagerfeld, who sat at the head table with the star of his Melissa campaign, Cara Delevingne, felt so at ease that he took off his famed sunglasses. (For those who are wondering, yes, there are eyes under there).
Speaking of the campaign, the bondage-tinged Karl-lensed photos lined the Melissa boutique, as well as the dimly lit sushi joint. "I loved it," said Delevingne of her provocative shoot. "I walked in and they were like, 'We got all the clothes from a sex shop,' and I was like, 'Perfect! Love it. Exactly what I want on a Monday afternoon!'" Karl's explanation of the theme? "I think people are frustrated," he said with a grin, suggesting that the increasingly popular "bondage look" was a vehicle to let loose. "And Cara took to it very well. I think she likes to play around."