Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cocktail Party Honoring Irish Fashion & Art


A cocktail party Monday night celebrated the work of Irish born fashion designer Don O’Neill of THEIA and 'Artist of the Light', Roisin Fitzpatrick. The event was held at the Consulate General of Ireland New York to a crowd of well over 150 people - many of them Irish Americans and fans of the designers. It was a delightful evening featuring Irish cheeses and chocolates, champagne and a fashion show. Some of the faces in the crowd we recognized was actress Angela Bassett; actress/model Melyssa Ford, celebrity fashion stylists Felix Mercado and Cannon as well as Fashion Group's syndicated columnist Mary Lou Luther.



Don O'Neill, the Creative Director of Theia, was born and raised in Ballyheigue, County Kerry, Ireland. Don O’Neill initially trained as chef before winning a scholarship to the Barbara Burke College of Fashion Design in Dublin. Upon completion of his studies, O’Neill train along side fashion legends including Christian Lacroix, and designer to the Royal family in London, Gina Fratini among others. After making his way to NY, he began his career 18 years ago working with Carmen Marc Valvo, where he later became Design Director and then Badgley Mischka, where he served as Creative Director for the Badgley Mischka Platinum label, which O’Neill launched.


Angela Basset, Don O'Neill & Melyssa Ford

In 2009, he launched THEIA, an eveningwear collection inspired by the Theia, the Goddess of light. In just 2 years, he’s grown the label to include Bridal and now Day Dresses for Spring 2012. His designs have been featured on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine, written about in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, featured in publications including InStyle, and People Magazine, and worn by celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, and Taylor Swift to name a few. His latest fan is Ireland’s new first lady, Sabina Higgins.

Today, the collection is available in over 350 stores across the world including Saks Fifth Ave, Neiman Marcus and specialty stores. http://www.theiacouture.com/

-Ernest Schmatolla


Fifth Avenue Holiday Windows

"I Take the Fifth"

Barneys Holiday Windows:
'Lady Gaga's Boudoir' scene made of human hair
(Click on images for larger view)

Yesterday may have been Cyber Monday, but since I literally spend my life online, I decided to get some retail therapy in person and get into the festive mood of the season (which is admittedly hard to do when the weather is more like Easter than Christmas - or Hanukkah). I was hoping that checking out some high profile store windows would do the trick, and let's just say, it certainly helped. I headed straight to Barneys New York, or should I say, Gaga Land, since it's been transformed into Lady Gaga's twisted universe thanks to an inspired collaboration between the iconic mega star and the hip Madison Avenue emporium (the result of the combined efforts of Nicola Formichetti, artists Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide Pierson, and Barneys Creative Director, Dennis Freedman).

Barneys Holiday Windows

The side of the store on 60th Street, has been temporarily made over with a traffic stopping pop art facade (at one point, the driver of a car pulled down his windows to ask the doorman what he was looking at), and all the windows on Madison Avenue, have been transformed into Lady Gaga's World (there's even a boudoir scene made entirely of human hair), complete with a mood inticing loud soundtrack of her more famous tunes. Inside the store, one complete floor has been turned over to represent Lady Gaga's Workshop.


Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows
'Carnival of Animals' Display
(Photos by Ricky Zehavi)

I then headed over to what still has to be the most captivating and magical piece of real estate in New York (drumroll please!); 5th Avenue between 57th and 58th streets. First and foremost, there are Bergdorf Goodman's fantastical, sumptuous, and highly visual windows, which, this year, have the overall theme, 'Carnival of the Animals'.
 Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows
'Aquarium 'display, with fish made by artist Brett Windham that are
encrusted with mosaic tile, and rhinestones, gems, and sequins

Standouts include: 'The Brass Menagerie': the floor is completely covered with pennies, and the centerpiece is a Naeem Khan gown, available by special order, (as are all the other fashion items on display) which is accessorized with a New York Vintage headdress and Stephen Dweck jewels; 'Teachers Pet': a vision in graphic black and white, down to the Marchesa gown and J. Mendel fur


Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows
'North Pole Garden Party'

There’s also a ‘North Pole Garden Party’ with upholstered animals, a very sweet polar bear, and a monkey about to pop open the champagne. And 'Breaking the Ice': a glorious vision in extravagant winter white, including the J. Mendel dress and fur cape; and 'Testing the Waters', highlighted by an extraordinary Alexander McQueen vision. See more images here.  

Van Cleef & Apel Holiday Windows

 And proving that "good things come in small packages" are  Van Cleef & Arpels' holiday windows, designed by Douglas Little, just a few steps away, at the corner of 57th and 5th (when I say small, I am only referring to the comparatively small windows in the tiny jewel of the store). I attended a press preview to unveil the windows a few weeks ago and while the weather that evening was uncooperative in that it was wet and damp, nothing could detract from the dazzling and glorious bijoux on display, each one a marvel of the iconic jeweler's unique and exquisite craft technology

Van Cleef & Arpel Holiday Windows

 Certainly, everything looked a lot better yesterday in the warm sunshine. This year, Van Cleef & Arpels has chosen to renew the very French and very Parisian tradition of the Ball, and their holiday collection and themed windows, called, Bals de Légende, present five sets of jewels, each inspired by five extraordinary 20th century balls. Each tells the story of an unforgettable evening, guided by a sparkling feminine dancer. There is Le Bal Du Palais D'Hiver, Saint-Petersbourg, February 11, 1903 (the centerpiece is The Diamond Dancer Clip, aglow in diamonds) ; Le Bal Du Siecle, Venice, September 3, 1951 (The Coloured Sapphire Dancer decor clip in diamonds and multi colored sapphires); Le Bal Proust, Ferrieres, December 2, 1971 (The Rosemond Clip made of sapphires, mother of pearl, lapis lazuli, multicolored natural pearls, diamonds); Le Bal Oriental, Paris, December 5, 1964 (The Danseuse Orientele decor clip in yellow and white diamonds); and perhaps my favorite (because I love anything in black and white), Le Bal Black & White, New York, November 28, 1966 (The Diamond and Onyx Dancer Decor Clip). Just how pricey are these, and the other amazing pieces on display both in the windows and inside the shop? Let's just say, "If you have to ask the price, you probably can't afford it!"



As always, the windows directly on 5th Avenue, between 57th and 58th Streets draw quite a crowd, and I was hardly the only one taking pictures. Adding a bit of New York 'charm' (hhmmm), or should I say, New York grit, AND a high dose of reality, was a handicapped man in a wheelchair crying out for help ('Help Me, Help Me, he screamed), and a scruffy, shabbily garbed young couple (they actually didn't look THAT scruffy) who literally set up camp (with all their possessions it seemed) directly in front of the McQueen tableau. At first I thought they were recent evacuees from Zuccotti Park and Occupy Wall Street, until I read the two hastily done handwritten signs in front of them. One read, 'Wish List' (it did not mention any of the ultra extravagant goodies in the windows behind them LOL, but did include 'tickets to Berkeley, California'- where else???- and 'toiletries'; the other announced: 'Traveling, homeless, gypsies. Please, anything helps!'

The absurdity and incongruity of this scene (talk about the dicotomy between the haves and the have nots) had me thinking immediately of Cindy Adams' famous line, "Only in New York kids. Only in New York".

-Marilyn Kirschner

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Better Bets - by Rhonda Erb

 Bar Italia Madison:


This recently opened companion restaurant to New York City’s Bar Italia on Second Avenue has quickly become a destination for celebrities and neighborhood foodies alike. Stop by for lunch, dinner or holiday brunch. Their menu even includes a gluten free selection of pizzas, pastas and breads.

Bar Italia Madison, 768 Madison Avenue, New York City.
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Monday, November 21, 2011

The Royal Watch is Back...

Wills & Kate Plus One? The Royal Baby Watch Is On!

Photo: Getty Images

The popular blog about the British royals is back just as the rumor mill is heating up with reports that say Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant. But is she? Read lookonline's entertainment editor and royals expert Diane Clehane's lastest blog post to find out.

Practically from the moment they walked out of the church as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the speculation about when Catherine and William would announce her pregnancy has been non-stop. Now, InTouch is reporting that Catherine is six weeks pregnant and is preparing not one but three nurseries at their various homes including one in Kensington Palace.What makes the royal babywatch even more interesting right now is the recently announced changes to the archaic royal succession rules. Read about it here:

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Couture Council Fall Cocktail Party

Dr. Valerie Steele & Michelle Harper
(Photos:  Chance Yeh for Patrick McMullan Co.)

Great turnout (300+)  Thursday night at the Couture Council fall cocktail party for new members at the Soho Grand Hotel. I mean it was standing room only for most of the night. A really good looking crowd of people as you might imagine. The event was hosted by Michelle Harper (Board Member), Yaz Hernandez (President of the Board), Liz Peek (Chairman of the Board), Dr. Valerie Steele (Director of The Museum at FIT), and the Couture Council Board of Directors. PR for the event was again ably handled by Jonathan Marder + Company.

The Couture Council is a membership group dedicated to supporting The Museum at FIT, a specialized museum of fashion. The Couture Council helps make it possible for The Museum at FIT to mount world-class exhibitions of fashion, to acquire important objects for its permanent collection, and to organize public programs, such as the annual fashion symposium. The Couture Council accomplishes these goals through collecting membership dues and by organizing fundraising events such as the annual Couture Council Awards Luncheon, which presents a noted designer with the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.

Couture Council Annual Membership is $1,000 per individual or couple; $500 for members over 35 years of age who are actively working in the fashion industry (these are by invitation only); and $350 for Young Associates (under the age of 35). Membership is tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Checks payable to the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries. Mail checks to The Museum at FIT, attention: Couture Council, 227 West 27th Street, Director's Office, Room E304, New York, NY 10001-5992.

Members of the Couture Council receive invitations to at least five special events a year, including behind-the-scenes tours of the museum's collection and exhibitions, opening receptions, and visits to the ateliers of fashion designers in New York. Couture Council members are also the first to receive notice of the annual Couture Council Artistry of Fashion Award luncheon. In addition, Couture Council members receive complimentary admittance

Here are some who were at the party:

Alexandra Lebenthal

Carlos Campos, Peter Davis & Ronaldo Santana

Chiu-Ti Jensen & Victor de Souza

Liz Peek & Tom Gold


Whitney Wolfe & Sarah Wolfe


Bree Lowery & Michael Nelson

- Ernest Schmatolla


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Spring/Summer 2012 Trend Report & Panel Discussion

FGI ‘Springs’ Into Action

Yesterday, I attended Fashion Group International's Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear audio visual presentation. Held at the Time Life Building, it is always an extensive overview which looks back at the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Paris, and highlights the most important trends of the season across the board (clothing, accessories, beauty), which are selected by a panel comprised of some of the best respected names in the business, and spearheaded by FGI's creative director, Marylou Luther. Ms. Luther (of the International Fashion Syndicate), also narrates the audio visual presentation, and does so in her own inimitable way; and boy, does she ever have a way with words. (Case in point, during a segment on peplums, she decreed "the peplum makes the hips hip again"). The entire segment is capped off with what the group considers to be the "Best Bets" of the season (those ‘most likely to make it from the runway to reality’). This time, this list consists of the following:

Color (brights, whites, chalky pastels); Prints (geos, fusion, florals, photo prints); Pleats; Couture Touches; Sport; Ease; Lace; Full Skirts; The Wedge; The Loafer: The Smaller Day Bag; The Bag That Matches The Clothes; Vintage Looking Jewelry; Pearls; Crosses. This was followed by a “salute to the three most imaginative shows of the season” which just happened to be Thom Browne in New York, Chanel and Louis Vuitton in Paris.

The bonus of covering the noon show, is the panel discussion which follows, and since the committee/panel was comprised of Ikram Goldman, Owner, Ikram, Chicago (the famed retailer who has long been a style advisor to Michelle Obama, made a special trip from Chicago to attend the event); Elizabeth Kanfer, Accessories Fashion Director, Saks Fifth Avenue; Jane Larkworthy, Beauty Director, W; Scott Schuman, Journalist/Photographer, The Sartorialist (who many compare to Bill Cunningham with his candid on the street shots of unsuspecting subjects around the world), and the Special Guest Moderator was Isaac Mizrahi, it was sure to be lively and informative. And it was. Isaac wasted no time in engaging the panel in a few areas that were of particular interest to him. He quickly asked what they thought were the most important ‘statements’ on the runways.

Elizabeth Kanfer (EK): “From a Saks point of view, I’d have to say the ladylike trend, the chalky pastels, and the consistency of ready to wear and accessories (one statement).”

Jane Larkworthy (JL): “Ladylike suits; the high heeled pump; white.”

Scott Schuman (SS): “The idea that you have to give the customer a reason to buy. The customer wants something to buy!”

Ikram Goldman (IG): “The couture feeling (it all feels like couture this season) and the androgynous movement (long skinny skirts and skinny pants).”

Isaac Mizrahi (IM): “I hope there is a sense of irony with ladylike." And then he quipped, “There is so much going on. How does it all speak to you? How do you cut through the trends and choose”?

IG: “It was an easy season because it was a good season. Everything was so beautiful. It has meaning.”

IM: “Scott, how do YOU cut through the noise? What makes it right for the moment?”

SS: “It has to surprise people. I want to be surprised. But not a crazy surprise. It has to be balanced.”

EK: “I don’t want a statement shoe. Each season, we start with a clean slate and we look to be inspired. Shoes have been so big for awhile. I see a return to the IT bag. Bags will be more important.”

JL: “I was inspired by the crazy (colorful) hair at Narciso and Thakoon. It’s always wonderful when you see a great look that you know immediately you will want to write about in your own way.”

IM: “Scott. What is your definition of what is stylish?”

SS: “Something that strikes me. The gracefulness of a person is what I notice. The aura of this person creates a beautiful package. I’m very picky. I’m looking for subtlety, not the craziness.”

IM: “Where is the fashion capital now?”

IG: "Each place has its own character. I love New York (she mentioned names like Prabal Gurung and Rodarte) but I’m most excited about Paris ”

EK: “Paris provides us with the most number of vendors but Milan really surprised us this season” (and she mentioned Prada, Jil Sander, Marni, and Fendi as the best accessory lines).
SS: “I’m really impressed with Stockholm and Moscow ” (in terms of its young designers, shops, and customers).

IM: “Jane. What stood out for you at the recent shows?”

JL: “ Erdem's powerful matte red lips” and then she mentioned Celine’s “gorgeous hair". “In New York , it was always so safe but that’s changed. It’s not so staid. Now you have designers like Joseph Altazurra and Rodarte who are getting bolder with their hair and makeup.”

IM: “Who are the new role models and muses influencing fashion?”

SS: “15 minutes is now 3 minutes. It’s too easy to find out too much too soon about many of these people and they lose their mystery”. He specifically referred to Japan Vogue's Anna Della Russo whom is known to wear designers outfits head to toe (just as they were shown on the runways), and he said he was one of the first to photograph her early on. Not a traditional beauty by any standards, she is certainly hard not to notice and most importantly for him, “She truly loves fashion and sincerely loves clothes” he said. (Fyi, I'm rather obsessed with fashion as well, so I could easily go a big step further and say she is unusually so. It's a known fact that Ms. Della Russo keeps a separate apartment in Milan just for her clothes, and she has admitted that she got rid of her boyfriend because there was no room for him!)

IM: “Is there anything bad about fashion, that you would change if you could?”

IG: “I miss the fantasy and mystery. It’s all too over exposed. It’s everywhere and it’s not exciting any more.”

SS: “The preoccupation with newness, newness, newness. It’s all about making the consumer feels he/she needs something new”. At this point, Isaac pointed out that this is what retail is all about and then Scott, who is very independent and who hardly minces words said bluntly, “well, maybe that’s what I don't like about it".

(Isaac admitted that for him, it is “over styling” both on the runways and off the runways, that irks him the most).

JL: “I’d like to see celebrities dress themselves. It’s NOT that hard. Be who you are. Select what you like, not what a stylist likes (and she talked about the red carpets with all the borrowed gowns and jewels). FYI- this sentiment was met with much approval from the audience)

IG: “Do you want to know who I love? Isabel Toledo” (this also met with approval from the audience). “Whenever I want to look and feel spectacular, I choose her clothes. She has never been over- exposed, and I hope she doesn’t change”.

EK: “I hate the pace of retail. I feel my age. You give up a lot to be in retail. It’s a daily grind.” (I felt like reminding her that considering the high unemployment rate these days, she is lucky to have a good paying, great job in a field she loves but alas, I resisted). “We want to focus on emerging designers. We need to nurture them and we need to educate the customer”(who apparently is still looking for well known labels).

IM: “We all bore so easily which is why we are all so good at our jobs”.

At one point, after the discussion was opened to members of the audience, someone asked who the panel thought might be a good replacement for John Galliano at Dior. Everyone seemed to agree that Marc Jacobs (whose name has been bantered around continually) would be excellent, but Ikram Goldman also mentioned Olivier Theyskens, and Scott Schuman thought Comme des Garcons would be an unusual, unexpected, and quite perfect fit. D'accord!

-Marilyn Kirschner

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

'Better Bets' - by Rhonda Erb

Holiday 2011 Gifts & Giveaways

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Sunday, November 06, 2011

Confessions of a Pucci-a-holic

Marilyn Kirschner wearing vintage Pucci
for More Magazine profile September 2003.

 As a child of the 60's, with a beautiful and chic mother who loved Pucci, it's easy to understand why I became so enamored of the famed label early on. Add to that my artistic sensibility, my predilection for modern art inspired bold graphic patterns and unusual color combinations, and my love affair with all things Italian, and there you have it. A match made in heaven.


New Pucci Boutique at Saks Fifth Avenue
(Click on images for larger view)

 Speaking of matches made in heaven, Pucci and Saks Fifth Avenue seem to be made to go together. I still remember my first Pucci. It was a very signature piece: a deliciously colored and graphically patterned above the knee length long sleeved jersey dress with its own matching belt (finished with crystals at the ends). And it was purchased at the Saks Fifth Avenue in Bal Harbor, Florida, while on vacation with my family (we stayed at the famed Eden Roc Hotel). I still fit into it. I still wear it. In fact, I was photographed wearing it when More Magazine did a style profile on me in September, 2003. And it makes me smile whenever I see it, just like all my others, part of a rather enviable collection, amassed through the years.

Pucci Boutique at Saks Fifth Avenue

When I heard the news that a brand new 450 square foot Pucci boutique was set to open on the third floor of Saks Fifth Avenue (it was feted in high style last Tuesday night, at a party co hosted by Glenda Bailey and creative director Peter Dundas), it certainly conjured up many great memories and peeked my curiosity. Filled with a carefully edited selection highlighting the best of Mr. Dundas's uber glamorous and well received fall winter collection (inspired by the Tyrolean Mountains), there is something for every Pucci loving customer (and for those who may be new to the label).

Of course there are the house's iconic swirling patterns, which are done up in everything, from the still best selling jersey dresses ($1300- $1800) to perfect-for-the-slopes sporty quilted waterproof parkas ($1850). But there is a smattering of chic leopard, a selection of impeccably tailored single or double breasted black wool blazers ($1995), and a dramatic black wool gown embellished with gold metal ($7,000), of the sort that made him a darling with a list stars like J-Lo and Gwyneth Paltrow, who have been sporting his eye catching creations on the red carpet as of late. (FYI, the least expensive item in the boutique is the $450 printed cotton t-shirt, and the most expensive is the $7000 gown).

While I may have appreciated the timelessness and often museum quality artistry of Pucci early on, it was really not until the 80's that I began to collect with a vengeance. At that time, I was senior market editor of Harper's Bazaar, and a full blown Pucci revival was underway. Long before wearing vintage was as commonplace and mainstream as it is today, I found myself 'shopping' for standout pieces in my mother's closet, and when my thirst could not be satiated there, I began to frequent vintage stores, vintage shows, religiously going to the 26th Street Flea Market, and scouring the high end thrift shops, such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering, 1440 Third Avenue, 212, 535-1250, http://www.memorialthriftshop.org/. (Coincidentally, their holiday bazaar is taking place this Wednesday, November 9 - Sunday, November 13, with proceeds benefitting The Society of MSKCC's Patient Care, Research and Education programs. In addition to an Emilio Pucci dress, $450 new with tags, other sale highlights include a Missoni wool dress with mink bottom; a Bill Blass satin suit, $285; an Alexander McQueen dress suit, unused, $675;, Gucci black/red shoes with rhinestones, $125; and Manolo Blahnik gold sandals, $140.)

The New York Times, Sunday February 11th, 2001 Sunday Styles Section

My love affair with vintage was firmly cemented. I truly loved and appreciated that when I wore vintage Pucci. I not only stood out, but I did not look like anyone else. When Bill Cunningham ran his 18 picture column on me back in February, 2001, "The color of money (in the bank)", almost half the pieces were vintage Pucci. More recently, I appeared in his apres New York Fashion Week story, "Fresh" clad in my most favorite piece: a vintage Pucci blouse with Saks Fifth Avenue label which belonged to my mom, paired with a velvet Pucci bag scored at Resurrection Vintage years ago, when they had their jewel of a shop on East 7th Street.

While I would hardly say that I wear Pucci on a regular basis (my urbane daily uniform is more about black, black and white, navy, khaki), I have kept my beloved collection in tact, and when the occasion is right, I don't hesitate to revive my all time favorites.

And talk about a quick happy fix. Which reminds me of the time, many years ago, that I was in the elevator of my building and an elderly woman got on. She asked if I was wearing Pucci and when I said, yes, she bemoaned that she had given all of hers away. Then, with a wicked twinkle in her eye, she said, "We had so much fun in those clothes." That said it all.

Marilyn Monroe wearing Pucci dress

By the way, I am not the only Marilyn who has a fondness for Pucci. My far more famous namesake, Marilyn Monroe, had quite a collection and requested that she be buried in one of her favorite silk printed blouses. Other famed icons who also wore and collected Pucci include Jacqueline Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor.

- Marilyn Kirschner

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Business of Beauty

Panel on Business of Beauty - GCs from Revlon, Avon, Arden, & Coty

A group of prominent in-house lawyers from the country’s leading cosmetic companies got together last night at the NYC Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street to discuss the “Business of Beauty.” They presented some of the challenging legal issues unique to the beauty industry, and also talked about their respective career paths and what you don't read about in Vogue. Charles Colman (Charles Colman Law, PLLC) moderated the discussion. The panel was made up of Eric Breitman (Coty, Inc.), Anca Cornis-Pop (Avon Products, Inc.), Bret Parker (Elizabeth Arden, Inc.) and Erica J. Swartz (Revlon).

The committee’s chair, Monica Richman, started off the discussion saying that as lawyer working in the beauty industry, “You can get really cool stuff.” That got the ball rolling as the first topic discussed was the glamour associated with the industry.  Part of Eric Breitman’s responsibilities at Coty includes working with celebrities who represent the company’s brands. Anca Cornis-Pop mentioned that she gets to work with Avon’s marketing team with “...ladies dressed to the nines everyday.”

The topic quickly changed to trademarks, which Charles Colman referred to as, “Possibly the core of fashion law.” The panelists all agreed that social media has become a big part of their business. Not only are companies advertising on the web, but they’re also creating apps, running promotions and using Facebook and Twitter to get the consumer actively involved with the story of the brand.

“We encounter endless amounts of cyber squatters,” remarked Swartz. The panelists combat this by monitoring domain names and sending cease and desist letters.

At first no one wanted to answer the question, “How can people get your jobs?” They eventually all agreed that networking was key, although not the only route. Cornis-Pop said that Avon hires a lot of people from its web site. Cornis-Pop herself found her job that way.

The final question asked what the advantages of being an in-house attorney at a beauty company were. “A great culture and environment,” said Bret Parker. “There’s something nice about seeing your product on shelves and in the pages of magazines.” Parker also added that he liked that people could relate to what he did, because they were familiar with the company’s products.

 The committee’s next panel discussion will be on fashion law. For more information contact: Allan Ripp 212-262-7477 arippnyc@aol.com or John Garger 212-262-7484 jgargernyc@aol.com .

-Eila Mell

About Eila Mell. She is the author of 'New York Fashion Week: The Designers, the Models, the Fashions of the Bryant Park Era'. She has spent many years writing about fashion, theater, and film and interviewing some of the biggest names in the fashion and entertainment industries. She has been tapped for her expertise by nearly a hundred media outlets, including The New York Times, The Insider, Hollywood 411, Dailies , and The Mark & Brian Show. Eila lives in New York.