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Karl Lagerfeld Brand Does Skates, Cucinelli and Neiman’s Party, and Hennessy Introduces NFTs


Karl Lagerfeld partnered with Impala to make quad roller skates. Brunello Cucinelli and Neiman Marcus had a party at a ranch. For Miami Art Basel, Hennessy unveiled a high-end web3 social club.

Karl Lagerfeld has worked with the Australian skate company Impala to make a pair of quad roller skates that look like they came from the future.

The Karl Lagerfeld x Impala skates are created with a holographic version of the KL monogram and finally came with an ankle bag that can hold credit cards and keys. Black glitter wheels and black hardware give the roller shoes a sleek, dressy look. This is different from the retro look of many Impala skates.

The brand was started in 2017 and is based in Melbourne. It also creates in-line roller skates and skateboards, and all of its products are advertised as being vegan.

The Karl Lagerfeld x Impala skates will be available this week in the U.S. and Australia for 179 euros on and at a few sportswear and lifestyle stores.

Early in November, you can buy them on and in Europe. They will also be sold at Karl Lagerfeld boutiques in London’s Regent Street and Paris’s Saint-Germain and Marais neighborhoods, as well as through specialized stores and online distribution.

Karl Lagerfeld shot a campaign in many beautiful places in Paris, such as Les Invalides, near the Eiffel Tower, and on the Pont Alexandre III.

In the spirit of its late founder, Karl Lagerfeld, the Karl Lagerfeld house keeps putting out surprising partnerships, like an electric surfboard and snow goggles, which were both made in the past few years. -MILES SOCHA

CUCINELLI AT THE RANCH: As the sun went down over the hills of Ferris, Texas, on Thursday night, a group of guests dressed in their best Brunello Cucinelli gathered around with glasses of Bollinger. Neiman Marcus planned the event. They held a dinner party at Roadrunner Ranch to celebrate Muse of the West, a capsule collection of women’s clothes designed by Brunello Cucinelli just for the high-end store.

Carolina Cucinelli, who is co-president of the brand and co-creative director, said that she felt right at home on the horse and cattle ranch.

Carolina Cucinelli, who is co-president of the brand and co-creative director, said that she felt right at home on the horse and cattle ranch.

“Being in Dallas is quite special for me and my husband,” she said. “We like to come to the U.S., and we are constantly inspired by the culture, the warmth and the beauty of the people we meet. Thank you for that. I feel like we are truly in the heart of the U.S. tonight.…It is a very special experience, and we will hold it in our hearts for a long time.”

“This friendship is really deep and authentic and emotional and passionate, and it’s been holding us together for several decades since the early ’90s,” said Neiman’s president and chief merchandising officer Lana Todorovich,he spoke to the 110 people who were having dinner at two long tables under a tent.

The 31-piece collection is a polished take on classics. It has cashmere cardigans, long shirtdresses in silk plaid or chocolate lambskin, quilted outerwear, denim, and leather accessories and boots.

Jodi Kahn, the vice president of luxury fashion at the store, said that Muse of the West has done better than expected since it came out on September 14 in all 36 stores and online.

“It has blown us out of the water from a business perspective,” Kahn said. “People are really responding to the aesthetic.”

Cucinelli said that she and her sister Camilla worked hard to make the collection.

“My sister and I are very passionate about western culture since the beginning,” she told the group, explaining that as children they watched western films and listened to country music, especially Johnny Cash. “We grew up with the dream to be here one day.”

Todorovich thanked her and the Cucinelli team and gave Carolina a tall pair of red Lucchese cowboy boots. Carolina was wearing heels. The Neiman’s executive then told Cucinelli that a pair of Luccheses were also on their way to U.S. president Massimo Caronna.

Maricela Heckelman said that since she found Cucinelli about five years ago, she has worn it all the time.

“We own restaurants, so I want to look good but not overdressed,” she said. “The textures and fabrics are so easy to wear.”

Kim Whitman, an expert in hospitality in Dallas, said, “I love to wear Cucinelli.” She topped her Cucinelli outfit with an ecru felt cowboy hat and a squash blossom necklace.“You can take any Cucinelli outfit and pair it with boots and a hat and it works.” — HOLLY HABER

VIRTUAL COGNAC: The LVMH Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton brand Hennessy is the latest luxury brand to announce plans to mint an NFT.

The cognac brand has teamed up with Friends With Benefits, a decentralized, autonomous organization, to make Café 11, a high-end web3 social club. The only way to join the club will be to buy NFTs, which will be made on November 4 and sold for $450 each. In honor of the year Hennessy was founded, the artist John P. Dessereau will make 1,765 NFTs.

Café 11 will also have an in-person part, which is based on the way Parisian cafes felt back in the 1920s. Programming will start in December, all through Art Basel Miami Beach. Members (people who own NFTs) will be invited to a variety of in-person events, such as cognac tastings and live music. After the fair, they will also be invited to more “exclusive” events. — KRISTEN TAUER

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS: Diane von Furstenberg made a big splash in St. Louis. She met a lot of people, put on a trunk show, gave advice to local fashion designers, answered questions, and hung out with St. Louis Fashion Fund supporters at a party hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Wednesday was just another day at work for the designer.

As soon as she got off the plane at St. Louis Lambert International Airport on Wednesday morning, she went straight to the trunk show at the Contemporary Art Museum. There were a lot of people there, and many of them wanted styling tips and selfies with the designer. Joan Berkman, who was part of the advance team for von Furstenberg’s visit, said that von Furstenberg’s trunk show sales there brought in $86,000, and another $50,000 had been made the day before. Online orders are still being taken.

The designer then met with a few other local designers and a few fashion students from Washington University. After that, they went to the Graham Chapel at the university for the talk with 800 fans. For the free trunk show, another 1,000 people were on the waiting list. The “Conversation With Diane von Furstenberg” was put on by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the Saint Louis Fashion Fund.

The board chair of the St. Louis Fashion Fund, Susan Sherman, gave the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Award to von Furstenberg as a surprise. Iris Apfel, the late André Leon Talley, Dapper Dan, and Karlie Kloss and Derek Blasberg, both from St. Louis, had already won the award. Von Furstenberg took in the sights before flying back to New York. He went to the Gateway Arch, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

The designer was honest about her personal life and career, and her last words during the Q&A were good examples for others to follow. “Diane said, ‘Every day I try to get in touch with somebody, who I haven’t been in touch with, to do something nice for them. It would be nice if everybody thought about doing that, because it will make you happier if you do something for someone else.’”If you missed the talk or were put on a waiting list, you can watch it on the STLFF website. — ROSEMARY FEITELBERG

Maison Ullens is expanding its presence in the U.S. and the Middle East. It recently set up a pop-up shop at SaksWorks in Greenwich, Connecticut, and is planning another one for next month in Dubai.
In 2023, there will be more pop-up shops in Florida and Texas, and the Belgian luxury brand, which is known for its ready-to-wear clothes made of fine wools, cashmere, and leather, will have a bigger wholesale presence.

Jérémy Hautin is in charge of expanding internationally. He became Maison Ullens’s first chief operating officer in a quiet move earlier this year. He used to be the director of finance and administration for the Benelux region for the Spanish fashion and beauty company Puig. On his LinkedIn page, he also says that he worked in finance for GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, and the chemical company Cabot Corp.

Hautin has already hired Jonathan La Morte as retail director. His job is to grow the brand’s retail presence, improve its positioning, and build up its international teams. La Morte has worked for Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Christian Dior, and Montblanc, among other places.

Myriam Ullens, an entrepreneur and philanthropist based in Brussels, started Maison Ullens in 2009 with the goal of making “wearable luxury” for people who travel the world. The Maison Ullens line, which was first called “Mus” and focused on high-end knitwear, has grown into a full wardrobe.

Today, the brand has stores in Paris, New York City, and Aspen, as well as in places like Blake in Chicago, Le Bon Marché in Paris, and Swank in Hong Kong.

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