Karl Lagerfeld's Penchant For Pens... Ball That Glitters...

A self-proclaimed “paper freak,” Karl Lagerfeld also has a penchant for pens. It’s why he created a line of writing instruments and lighters for S.T. Dupont.

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BALL THAT GLITTERS: Publisher Assouline joined forces with jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on Wednesday night for the launch of “Bals,” a lavishly illustrated book immortalizing nine of the most extravagant masked balls of the 20th century, which inspired the jeweler’s new Bals de Légende collection. “It’s great synergy,” said Martine Assouline, co-founder and co-publisher of the publishing house. Lee Radziwill, who is featured on the book’s slipcase, arrived with designer Giambattista Valli at the cocktail held at Paris bookstore Galignani, where they were joined by VC&A executives including worldwide president and chief executive officer Stanislas de Quercize. Nicholas Foulkes, the author of the tome, had no hesitation when asked which ball he would most like to have attended: Le Bal du Siècle thrown by Charles de Beistegui in Venice in 1951. “It’s probably the most representative of the balls in the book in terms of the people that came — you had Cecil Beaton doing the pictures — but also in terms of the seriousness with which both the host and the guests organized the entrées,” he explained. One guest who was actually there was Juan de Beistegui, the nephew and heir of Charles. “I went as Punch,” the 80-year-old recalled. “I made my entrée with friends from Paris in Commedia dell’Arte costumes.”

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