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Karl Lagerfeld Hits London

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“Not unless I have to.” That was Karl Lagerfeld’s answer when he was asked how often he comes to London. Nothing personal against the city, mind. He just prefers to travel when he has something clearly defined to do at his destination. And last night was as good a reason as any: the launch of his own Karl collections for men and women, exclusive to Selfridge’s. A platoon of Karl-clad androids formed an honor guard outside the store, while guests waited in a Karl-customized space on the rooftop. And waited. At one point, a helicopter hovered tantalizingly close. Suzy Menkes waved hopefully, to no avail. When he finally made it, Lagerfeld chose the specially customized elevator over a rope ladder.

Karlettes old and new clustered. Juno Temple admitted she’s been nursing an obsession for fine lingerie since she was 13. Bear that in mind when you see her in the astonishing—and NC-17-rated—Killer Joe. Bip Ling accessorized with the stand-up collar and fingerless leather gloves that are Lagerfeld signatures, but she was keen for the world to know that the apricot leather sheath she was shoe-horned into was also from the Karl collection. “He does color,” she chirped.

After just two days of sunshine, everyone had effortlessly switched to full-on summer mode. Easy for Selfridge’s Creative Director Alannah Weston, just back from celebrating her 40th in Puglia. And Daphne Guinness looked positively tanned after a sojourn in LA. Lagerfeld himself was on British soil for five hours before flying back to Paris, then on to Rome, then back to St Tropez for the summer. But I somehow doubt that a tan is on his crowded agenda.

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Isabella Rossellini’s Model Moment, And More Of Today’s Top Stories

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Isabella Rossellini is making her Bulgari campaign debut. The Italian actress was photographed by Annie Leibovitz at her New York studio for images that were inspired by the work of British painter Meredith Frampton. Rossellini is promoting her handbags for the label’s Fall and Spring collections. [WWD]

Vivienne Westwood, the politician? For now, at least. The British designer is set to front an international government campaign with advertisements on giant billboards the world over. The GREAT campaign initiative, announced by Prime Minister David Cameron, is to promote all things British, technology, entrepreneurship, shopping, and music. Westwood will represent the creativity category. [Vogue U.K.]

Jewelry designer Aurélie Bidermann is getting ready to open her first store. The Amalfi Coast-inspired flagship will be located in Paris’ Saint-Germain-des-Près district and will feature colorful decor in turquoise, emerald, yellow, and coral. To celebrate the occasion, Bidermann has designed a limited-edition necklace and bracelet engraved with iconic motifs. [WWD]

The French equestrian team will be riding into the 2012 Olympics in style. The horseback riders will be wearing Hermès riding jackets, designed especially for the games. The luxury label went back to what it knows best, having started out selling saddlery 200 years ago. The jacket is blazer-style, done in navy with red labels in a technical fabric. [Telegraph]

Photo: Courtesy of Bulgari

All-Stars In Stella

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They may not be handing out medals for Best Fashion at the 2012 Olympics, but Great Britain is taking a shot at the prize anyway. This morning in London, Adidas unveiled its official, Stella McCartney-designed team kit for the British athletes competing at the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic games in the city. McCartney is a longtime Adidas collaborator—she’s been designing her eponymous range of athleticwear for the brand for eight years. But, as she noted after the unveiling of the red, white, and blue uniforms, taking on the creative direction of the Olympic/Paralympic kits entailed a whole new level of development. “You really have to push the technical when you’re designing for that caliber of athlete,” she explained. McCartney also went on to say that, aside from performance, the athletes she spoke to in the course of researching the project emphasized one priority over any other: “What I kept hearing was that they wanted to feel like a team,” she recalled. “So my challenge was to come up with designs that worked for all these different sports, but that, taken together, all felt unified.”

Photo: Courtesy of Stella McCartney