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Karl Lagerfeld’s Obsessive Collection, and More of Today’s News

MELISSA SHOES + KARL LAGERFELD Collaboration Vernissage at Galeria Melissa

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The encyclopedia Lagerfeld…

Karl Lagerfeld is a man of extravagance. His cat Choupette has two personal maids and his homes around the globe are many and meticulously decorated. Most recently, he revealed that he owns more than 300,000 books—he told Suzy Menkes, “It’s a lot for an individual”—which he houses in a personal library. Guess he’s not into the idea of a Kindle. [British Vogue]

LV’s L.A. home…

The venue for Louis Vuitton’s Resort show in Palm Springs has been revealed: the Bob Hope estate. The John Lautner-designed house is in keeping with the space-age mood Nicolas Ghesquière has been referencing for several seasons. It also bears an oddly similar form to the three mirrored domes LV set up for its Fall 2015 show. [WWD]

Vivienne takes a stand…

Subtlety isn’t Vivienne Westwood’s strong suit. The outspoken designer hit the streets of London today to protest fracking. Carrying a disfigured baby doll—“a fracked baby of the future,” as she called it—Westwood explained her beliefs that fracking is a “crime against humanity.” [Reuters]

Being Victoria Beckham…

Victoria Beckham will be the next designer to take part in Fern Mallis’ 92Y interview series. Beckham’s Q&A will take place at the community center on June 3, where the designer will discuss her seven years in the fashion industry. No word yet as to whether the rest of the Beckham brood will be making an appearance. [92nd Street Y]

And the nominees are…

The International Woolmark Prize has announced the British nominees for its 2015/2016 award. The decision to create a category specifically for British designers marks a change in the award’s policy, which previously grouped all European designers together. The nominated Brits include Thomas Tait, J. JS Lee, Phoebe English, Teatum Jones, and Fyodor Golan for womenswear, and Craig Green, Kit Neale, Lee Roach, A. Sauvage, and Agi & Sam for menswear. [i-D]

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