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Fendi fetes Karlito, and H&M throws out the stops for Koons' Balloon Dog

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Partygoers braved thunderstorms last night for a trio of parties downtown and up. First, the opening of Fendi's Soho pop-up on the corner of Prince and Greene. Claire Distenfeld, Leandra Medine, and Tali Lennox turned out, but the guest of honor was none other than Karl Lagerfeld himself—in furry keychain form, that is. "I love Karl, but I especially love a fluffy Karl," said Distenfeld. Guests took turns snapping Instagram pictures with the charm. One even tried walking out the door with Karlito snapped on his belt before a Fendi rep snatched it back. "I like that Fendi doesn't take itself seriously," Medine said, "although it's as luxury as luxury comes."

At Industria Studios in the West Village, Veuve Clicquot toasted the launch of Clicquot Mail, a new case offering in the shape of a classic mailbox. Champagne was passed from the Clicquot Mail truck, servers wore mailman uniforms, and guests could order a bottle of Veuve to be mailed anywhere they liked. The party had people talking about their affection for good old-fashioned snail mail. "I've never received a love letter in the mail," said model Gabriella Lopez. "But I think I'd much rather receive some champagne."

Up on Fifth Avenue, the ubiquitous Jeff Koons was celebrating another installation, this one at the new H&M flagship. Images of his famous Balloon Dog were prominently displayed on the store's five floors of windows, and inside, his Balloon Dog leather bag, priced at $49.95, was going fast.

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