Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld make a formidable pair in gray suits and glasses. Photo: Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

There must not have been a chair available in any salon Friday morning in New York City.

The reason? The Fashion Institute of Technology's Couture Council luncheon in honor of Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld. The room was packed with social ladies, young and old, all with perfectly done hair and bedecked in more Chanel, some smelling of mothballs, than is probably in the company's archives.

Martha Stewart, Alan Cumming, Daphne Guinness, Simon Doonan, and others packed Friday into Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, along with more than 500 ladies and gentlemen who shelled out an average of $1,000 for a quinoa salad, stuffed chicken, and the honor of dining with the Kaiser, raising money for the Museum at FIT.

Model-turned-actress Diane Kruger, who also spent Thursday evening with Lagerfeld, was given the honor of presenting the designer with the award. "I've known him for half my life," she told StyleList. "He was a father figure to me. He was the first one to see something in me as a young girl," when she was modeling.

Now, she admitted, she is his neighbor in Paris and she always knows when he's home. "He's the only person in Paris to drive a Hummer," the Chanel Couture-clad actress said. "And if you've ever been to Paris, you know you can barely fit a Mini Cooper on the streets. So you know when he's home."

Guests also received an award upon their departure: a bottle of Chanel No. 5 in a sweet little shopping bag.

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