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It was a stellar line-up at yesterday's International Herald Tribune 10th Annual Luxury Conference, hosted by Suzy Menkes. Joining her on the panel to discuss all things on the global fashion scene was Karl Lagerfeld, Alber Elbaz, Paul Smith, Tommy Hilfiger, Christopher Bailey and Victoria Beckham, who was doing the rounds to preview her new handbag line. As a last minute addition to the programme, Beckham admitted that the conference was "a very grown up thing for me to do". Dressed in a chic tangerine dress from her S/S '11 collection, the burgeoning designer spoke about the progress of her brand.

"I just wanted a creative outlet, it started as my hobby but I am very passionate about it," she said. "[I am building the brand] with baby steps because I'd like to still be around in 20 years' time".

Also in attendance was Karl Lagerfeld, who revealed a few interesting tidbits about himself such as no-one at Chanel tells him what to do.

"I am there to be used. I like to be used, but only in the way I think I should be used," he said. "People think I'm on an ego trip, but I'm not. I can get out of people what they want to express but can't."

He also described himself as a "blueprint for Tom Ford at Gucci, and Alber Elbaz at Lanvin." With Elbaz in the room, I wondered what he thought of this. Watch a video interview of him with Menkes here.