Set in Stone

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There’s no rest for Karl Lager­feld. Fol­low­ing count­less col­lab­o­ra­tions un­der his name­sake line, and days af­ter wrap­ping his lat­est show for Chanel, the de­signer is ready­ing his first sculp­ture ex­hi­bi­tion, “Ar­chi­tec­tures,” at the Car­pen­ters Work­shop Gallery in Paris on Oct. 19.

Span­ning gueri­dons, ta­bles, lamps, con­soles, foun­tains and mir­rors, the ensem­ble of one-off func­tional sculp­tures was in­spired by an­tiq­uity, a pe­riod that for Lager­feld rep­re­sents the ori­gin of beauty, cul­ture and moder­nity.

For the black-and-white ar­chi­tec­tonic de­signs, Lager­feld mixed clas­si­cal foun­da­tions with a present-day vibe, “like a mod­ern mythol­ogy.”

Each piece is carved from a care­fully se­lected mar­ble block: the rare Arabescato Fan­tas­tico, a vi­brant white mar­ble with dark gray veins that has not been quar­ried for more than 30 years, or black Nero Mar­quina mar­ble, cho­sen for its brush­stroke­like, milky white veins.

Lim­ited to eight edi­tions in each mar­ble va­ri­ety, plus four artist proofs, the sculp­tures were cut, sculpted, faceted and pol­ished by ar­ti­sans in Italy, with high-pro­file Beirut-born ar­chi­tect Aline As­mar d’Am­man over­see­ing the process.

A spe­cial day­light ef­fect is dif­fused by the light­ing pieces, de­scribed as “a laser blade from the fu­ture,” and hand­painted lamp­shades bor­row tra­di­tional tech­niques from the dec­o­ra­tive arts.

The show will wrap on Dec. 22. — KATYA FORE­MAN and ac­tivist on Oct. 22, the French lux­ury group said on Tues­day.

Fonda will dis­cuss her ca­reer and causes with Costa-Gavras, pres­i­dent of the Ciné­math­èque Française, and Frédéric Bon­naud, its head. The talk will be fol­lowed by a screen­ing of “Klute,” for which Fonda won the Os­car for Best Ac­tress in 1971.

The 80-year-old, who is also due to re­ceive the Prix Lu­mière in Lyon, France, on Oct. 19, has long been ac­tive in causes rang­ing from civil rights to fem­i­nism. Pick­ing up the in­au­gu­ral Women in Mo­tion award at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val in 2015, Fonda said she was still cam­paign­ing for the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Equal Rights Amend­ment.

“You know, 73 per­cent of Amer­i­cans think we’ve passed it, but we haven’t. We scold Iraq and Iran and Afghanistan for how they treat women, but we don’t even have an Equal Rights Amend­ment,” she told WWD at the time.

Fonda, who is a brand am­bas­sador for L’Oréal Paris, is also cam­paign­ing to cre­ate more en­ter­tain­ment con­tent for older women, such as her Net­flix series “Grace and Frankie,” costar­ring Lily Tom­lin.

Un­til Nov. 5, the Ciné­math­èque Française will screen 24 of her movies, in­clud­ing “Ju­lia,” “Joy House,” “Cat Bal­lou,” “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” and “A

Doll’s House.”

Launched in Cannes in 2015, the Women in Mo­tion pro­gram aims to shed light on women’s con­tri­bu­tion to film and share their rec­om­men­da­tions for greater rep­re­sen­ta­tion within the sec­tor through talks open to jour­nal­ists and film pro­fes­sion­als. — JOELLE DIDERICH store and the city. As Can­navale put it: “The Ralph Lau­ren la­bel re­ally takes me back to a re­ally spe­cific time in my life, a time when I started to be­come aware of aes­thetic and how im­por­tant it is to look good so that I could feel good.”

As a fur­ther nod to the fact that Bloom­ing­dale’s was the first re­tailer to buy Lau­ren’s first col­lec­tion of neck­wear, the store is of­fer­ing an ex­clu­sive, lim­it­ededi­tion col­lec­tion of ties that com­mem­o­rate the an­niver­sary. The five hand­made Polo by Ralph Lau­ren ties draw inspiration from the brand’s his­tory and in­clude Scot­tish tar­tans, pais­ley prints, club em­blems and polo matches, each fea­tur­ing a

50th an­niver­sary la­bel and num­bered la­bel. Only 50 sets were pro­duced and they will be pack­aged in a col­lectible box and sold for $900.

The win­dows at the

59th Street flag­ship will also be ded­i­cated to the de­signer.

“This an­niver­sary for

Ralph Lau­ren is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone and given our rich his­tory to­gether we wanted to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial,” said Tony Spring, chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Bloom­ing­dale’s. “Ear­lier this year, we launched our Heart of New York cam­paign cel­e­brat­ing our 59th Street store’s iconic her­itage and cus­tomiz­ing the cam­paign specif­i­cally to the RL50 seemed like a nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion.” — JEAN E. PALMIERI

Some pieces from Karl Lager­feld’s ex­hi­bi­tion of func­tional sculp­tures, “Ar­chi­tec­tures.”

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