QUILTING BEE: Chanel addicts, come hither. Portero.com, the online auction Web site that offers vintage items from luxury companies, has collected 200 vintage and classic quilted Chanel bags that will be auctioned today on the site. While Chanel has no affiliations with the sale, Portero's team — which acquired the bags through private collectors — has authenticated the bags, which range from a small lizard pochette to a leather-trimmed forest green flannel bag. The firm set up an elaborate display at Anthony Todd in New York on Wednesday, and welcomed hosts such as Melanie Charlton Fascitelli, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler and Allison Sarofim and VIPs to place early bids. "You expect Chanel to be the classic pieces, but there's so much more," said Stephanie Phair, vice president of merchandising for Portero. "Most of these bags are one-of-a-kind or discontinued." While this is Portero's first special accessories sale, there are more to come. In the fall, the firm is planning to do an Hermès-themed auction.
LAGERFELD PLAYS IT SAFE: Could Karl Lagerfeld do for fluorescent vests what he did for fans, dark glasses and fingerless gloves? Road safety experts in France hope so. They've tapped the designer to appear in a new road-safety campaign for summer, geared to encourage drivers to equip themselves with security vests and triangles. In it, Lagerfeld is pictured wearing dark glasses on a road at night, clad in a reflective safety vest over a black suit and bow tie.