Thursday, May 23, 2002

Doyle New York Couture Auction Results:

There were no records set at yesterday's Doyle New York's Couture, Textiles, and Accessories Auction. The highest price - $9,000 - went for a Fortuny stenciled garnet velvet jacket, and a Louis Vuitton Travel Desk that were both from the 1930's. But the auction did not lack in interest or drama. The first 62 lots were items from the estate of Carrie Donovan, and they generated a lot of competitive bidding. Not only did most of the items, including paintings, lithographs, fashion portraits, trademark resized glass frames, bold accessories and her amazing collection of Chanel pearls, go for prices that far exceeded catalogue estimates, but a pair of CFDA awards that had been awarded to the legendary fashion editor, sold for $1600 (it was estimated in the catalogue at between $300- $500). I don't know who the buyer was (someone from the CFDA???) but it's obvious that he came just for this lot - he left Doyle's right after placing the winning bid. And by the way, it seems that many who attended,including a former assistant and good friend of Carrie's, came just for her portion....many departed as soon as the last bid from estate had ended.

Spring 2003 RTW Show Dates Set for Next Season:

Vogue.co.uk also reported today click here to read full story that London will open next season's ready-to-wear collections, The changes to the schedule will also see New York reduce its running time by two days, so that Milan and Paris can go ahead as planned. The London shows, which return to the head of the schedule after four years of taking second place to New York, will now run from September 12-17, with New York following from September 18-23 ( too avoid clashes with the city's September 11 memorial events) which means the American shows will overlap with Milan Fashion Week by one day. "On behalf of the many designers showing both men's and women's collections in New York and with regard to these extraordinary times and difficult circumstances, we have agreed to reduce Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week from its usual eight days to six, necessitating one day of shows coinciding with Milan," said Fern Mallis, executive director of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week who was quoted in the Vogue.co.uk article.

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