Friday, March 31, 2017

In the Market Report by Marilyn Kirschner

Fooled Ya!

Thom Browne 'fool the eye' mini dress in double bonded
heavy silk charmeuse with vinyl printed gingham,
$4900 available at Barneys

What better way to mark April Fool’s Day, than by celebrating the art of trompe l’oeil which literally translates to “fools the eye”? Is there a better time than now, to be tickled by its inherent whimsy and humor?Trompe l'oeil is the art of creating the illusion of a 3rd dimension. Though it originated as a painting technique in Greece and Rome, and has been used decoratively in home furnishings throughout the ages, it has also been applied to clothing and accessories. It is meant to describe something which appears to have detailing, such as a belt, a tie, a pocket, or a complete garment, that is actually just drawn on, knitted in or printed on.

Schiaparelli trompe l'oeil bow tie sweater 1928

Elsa Schiaparelli was the first designer to utilize trompe l'oeil in her designs in the 20's and 30's.

Hermes trompe l'oeil  

In Spring 1952, Hermes created a group of trompe l’oeil sweaters, dresses, and raincoats.

Hermes trompe l'oeil coat in 1952 photo

They were photographed by the famed Gordon Parks and appeared in Life Magazine.

Vintage Roberta di Camerino trompe l'oeil dress

Roberta di Camerino popularized this style in the 60's and 70’s with her clothing, bags, scarves, men's ties, and umbrellas. Designed by the late Giuliana Camerino, they remain collector’s items and, like this vividly printed maxi t-shirt dress, are available from time to time. More info/purchase

Christian Francis Roth 

In the 90’s, Christian Francis Roth made us all smile with his quirky, playful trompe l'oeil suits and dresses. His ‘Christmas Lights’ dress is for sale at Resurrection Vintage. More info/purchase

Comme des Garcons  

Who could forget Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garcons Fall 2009 “Wonderland” ready-to-wear collection? To best illustrate her point that “nothing is as it seems”, Rei drew outlines of jackets onto the fronts of a number of pieces and sketched naked toes on the front of menswear inspired flat loafers and oxfords. I’d be surprised if some of these are not included in her upcoming Costume Institute exhibition. Coincidentally, there is a version currently for sale on EBay. More info/purchase

Moschino trompe l'oeil printed black satin dress   

Franco Moschino had a history of using trompe l’oeil, and for the Moschino Spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection, Jeremy Scott (now head of design) added his own cheeky versions, including this trompe l’oeil satin dress superimposed with a bra and underpants. More info/purchase


This Gucci trompe l’oeil cape was right at home in Alessandro Michele’s eccentric Fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection and it’s still currently available to purchase. More info/purchase

Thom Browne satin trompe l'oeil tuxedo dress

Perhaps the most notable examples come from Thom Browne’s trompe l’oeil filled Spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection. All of his one piece dresses were made to look like three, four, or five piece suits (complete with shirt, vest, jacket, tie in some cases). Among the items currently for sale: Trompe l’oeil tuxedo silk satin dress  More info/purchase

Thom Browne trompe l'oeil dress Spring 2017 

Long sleeve trompe l’oeil classic above knee dress in bonded 120’s wool with gingham cotton back, $5200, is available at Forty Five Ten in Dallas Texas, 214.559.4510, and Barneys New York, 212 826 8900.

Thom Browne trompe l'oeil dress Spring 2017 

Long sleeve classic trouser length dress in bluebell sequin embroidery, $11.000, is available at the Thom Browne New York store, 100 Hudson Street, 212 633 1197.

Thom Browne trompe l'oeil Spring 2017

Long sleeve polo mini dress in solid gimped yarn selvedge tweed, $3400, is available at A’marees, Newport Beach, California, 949 642 4423; Dover Street Market New York, 160 Lexington Avenue, 646 837 7750; Thom Browne New York, 100 Hudson Street, 212 633 1197.

Last but not least, are these fabulous Stuart Weitzman “Hands Up” black satin evening pumps. Dating from the mid 2000’s, the three inch heels are covered with Swarovski pave crystal hands with perfectly manicured red nails and sporting emerald cut diamond rings set in yellow “gold”. Marked size 6 ½ they ensure you will make both a grand entrance and grand exit. More info/purchase

- Marilyn Kirschner

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New York Fashion Cool-Aid by Laurel Marcus

Norma Kamali Celebrates 50 Years In Business With A Talk & Vintage Sale

Norma Kamali
All photos Laurel Marcus

Like a lot of women, Norma Kamali felt the need to pare down her possessions when she turned 50. Like a lot of designers she had kept warehoused archives of her vintage samples dating back to 1967, the year she began her business. I remember a little over a year ago having to miss one of these sales however, life is all about second chances -- another warehouse of Kamali treasures was recently discovered, prompting not only a sale but a talk by the legend herself which I attended yesterday in her store/showroom on West 56th Street. See her website at


In an all white room used for photo shoots, about 80 NK enthusiasts, many dressed in vintage Kamali pieces, listened raptly as Norma explained that many designers, artists and regular people have collected her vintage pieces as inspo. "I don't look back, I look forward but many of these pieces are timeless. The sleeping bag coat, a style from 35-40 years ago still works. In this collection, there are some really beautiful pieces that I'd like to keep for myself. They have so much a part of my soul, I can't tell you," she said.

A staff member

On inspiration: "Any designer can tell you that doing four collections a year means you're always thinking. I think about things that excite me. I get that 3 A.M. idea and I've got to write it down right away. These ideas don't feel like they're coming from me -- someone's gifting them to me. I asked a psychic about it once because I feel like I'm cheating and she said 'they are.' That was like my confession."

A wall of accessories at the sale

On her early influences: "In school I wanted to be a painter. I studied Michelangelo and Nureyev since he reminded me of the statue of David. I studied form, physical form and movement. I did not think I would go into fashion design. I got a scholarship to FIT and studied fashion illustration but couldn't get the "Mad Men" thing together (the hat, the gloves, the suit, the girdle). I had Antonio Lopez's instructor who thought my work was good. If she thinks I'm ok, maybe I am."


On her first bad experience in the garment center: "My mother said get a job or I'm going to put a lock on the refrigerator. I walked in all excited to show my portfolio and this guy had his feet up on the desk, eating a tuna sandwich. He said to put the portfolio down and then asked me to turn around. White noise, what do I do?" Apparently she turned then ran out of the room and decided to work in the travel industry where she was first introduced to the Univac computer and to London.

On London in the mid '60s: "I stayed in a boarding house on Kings Road. Everything was gray outside but the color, music, films, people, environment gave me the chills. It was me, understanding who I was through the revelation. I came back to New York and opened a basement store on 53rd St. with clothes I brought back from London. Then I decided I would try to make the pattern myself."

On generational shifts in fashion and the women's movement: "In every decade there's a new influence -- the bodies are different. In the '60s Twiggy had no muscle tone. In the '70s through the Who Am I? revolution, I learned that I could run a business. Women had no voice, they expected men to take care of everything. I have letters thanking me for showing women that they could do this -- make it on their own. I needed to make sure women felt good about themselves. We have an astounding power to change the world when we feel good in what we wear and when we take our clothes off through health and fitness."

On being touched by her customers: "I love the stories of what you wore, where you wore it and what happened. Women tell me these stories about the clothes as a marker in their lives. It's very impactful for me. I am living my dream." And working on a new book due out around the end of the year.

The original 1976 diaper swimsuit

On the influence of dance in her work: Norma spoke of costuming "The Wiz" and "Come Fly With Me" as well as her work with Lycra for clothing worn to dance at Studio 54. "I worked with circus fabric and girdle fabric for dance, movement, swimwear. I had invented a swimsuit out of one piece of fabric that you wrapped around called the diaper swimsuit. One of the most creative people, Victor Hugo (design director for Halston) had the diaper suit on the cover of TIME magazine (which Halston was credited for). In order to make it up to me he invited me to Halston's house while Halston was away. I didn't want to go but finally I agreed. He told me to sit down on this ottoman and he dropped a parachute on my head. 'I know you can do something with this' he said. I made the jumpsuit that he wore dancing every night. I dyed them every color. Diana Vreeland put then in the Met Museum exhibit of clothing from living designers."

On Karaoke nights: "Singing is important as part of wellness. Laughing, singing, dancing are so therapeutic."

On the future of retailing/merchandising: During the Q & A someone mentioned that her shop resembles a gallery with mannequins lined up to greet you when you walk in. Norma dislikes clothing on hangers and wants as many mannequins as possible. The merchandise is color coded and completely computer integrated -- she wants her customer to be like her and order everything online. "Try on swimsuits at home. I don't want you to ask women to get naked here where they're not comfortable. This is the generation that buys everything online. We're all in this big fantastic transition. This revolution is beyond the '60s in megawatts. The Millennials and Gen Z -- I totally love the Gen Z's. We're all lucky to be a part of it. We have to be a part of it."

Lastly, Norma's long time friend Nancy gave a testimonial to a staple in her wardrobe, an original sleeping bag coat: "Men have come and gone but the coat has stayed."

- Laurel Marcus

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Better Bets by Rhonda Erb

Say Bonjour to the Lady: Parenting from Paris to New York - by Florence Mars and Pauline Lévêque

Published March 21, 2017; See Amazon more info/purchase

Florence Mars & Pauline Leveque
Photos Rhonda Erb

It was a family affair last week at the launch party for the new book, Say Bonjour to the Lady: Parenting from Paris to New York. Authors Florence Mars and Pauline Lévêque were accompanied by their children, to the event, which took place at the Bonpoint children’s clothing boutique on Madison Avenue and East 68th Street.  The book is a light-hearted collection of insightful observations about the differences of raising children in New York as opposed to Paris.

As their children enjoyed the table of French inspired finger foods (madeleines anyone?), Mars and Lévêque posed for pictures and autographed copies of their book for their guests. The two Parisian moms have embraced family life in America in different ways. Mars, the vice president of Bonpoint in the United States, still adheres to many of the customary French parenting rules. By contrast, Lévêque, a French journalist turned illustrator, prefers to raise her children in a fashion that is completely American. They discussed how their experiences in their adopted home country have influenced them, and subsequently evolved into a book:

How did your collaboration come about?

Florence Mars: Since my family moved to the US seven years ago I kept a journal of all the things that surprised me, I really have been observing the locals with great attention! Arriving in NY it came as a complete shock how different Parisians and New Yorkers really are. As a mother of three and as the boss of Bonpoint in the US I have had A LOT to observe around parenting issues and I thought it would be interesting to do a book about all those little differences. It was very natural to ask Pauline to join the fun, as she is not only a very good friend and a mother but also a very talented illustrator.

Sample illustration from the book

Pauline Léveque: Florence and I met 20 years ago in Paris, we were both working for a TV company, we got reunited in NY and became very good friends. Flo didn’t really choose to live in New York, her husband moved here for his work. On my side, I always dreamt to become a New Yorker. Both mothers and Parisians, we often compared our culture and the education we received to the one our children were having. When Flo talked to me about this book’s project and asked me to illustrate it, I thought it was a wonderful idea.

Photo courtesy of the authors

What inspired your style of writing or illustration?

FM: For the writing I really wanted to have very minimalistic sentences, very factual. The illustrations were all Pauline’s; the idea was to play with black and white wallpaper like illustrations of our two favorites cities and some touches of colors for the details or for the characters.

PL: A few years ago, a friend of mine gave me a carbon ink pen and I totally fell in love with it. It draws very thin lines. I also love watercolors; it gives a very elegant texture to a drawing. My father is an artist, I grew up in his studio, playing with his brushes and helping him coloring his big canvases. I guess seeing him paint for a living and being free as an artist truly inspired me.

What do you like most about raising your children in New York?

FM: I am so grateful that NY taught our children open-mindedness. They will never raise an eyebrow if they see a man dressed like a smurf in the subway or covered in tattoos. No big deal. And they were taught the NO bullying philosophy at school which is pretty amazing. And did not exist in France when we were still living there.

PL: The way children are taught confidence as soon as they are able to talk. The cultural diversity and the energy you can find in New York. The fact that nobody judges you and that everything is possible if you really work.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?

FM: This is not a serious sociological survey, we just wanted to make fun of both the French very old school mother that is not willing to explain anything to her poor children (“no means no”) and the way-too-cool American Mother who is always explaining everything and also always willing to negotiate with her children. Pauline and I are convinced that the truth is to be found somewhere in the middle!

PL: I think Florence said it all. Both educations have their strengths and weaknesses, and I have no doubt that whatever nationality a mother and father are, they love their children the same way.

- Rhonda Erb
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

In the Market Report by Marilyn Kirschner

Cheap Thrills!

While high fashion undeniably comes with astronomically high prices, that doesn’t mean there aren’t bargains to be found, and who amongst us doesn’t love a bargain? Especially now, as the last day for filing taxes is soon approaching and naturally, finances are on everyone’s minds.

To best illustrate, I selected a number of items in the market and showed their high priced versions along with their (far) less expensive doppelgangers (in every case, they are a fraction of the cost of the originals). In several instances, I actually preferred the less expensive version and not just because of the price (it was by virtue of its design, size, etc.). FYI, if it appears that most of the inexpensive pieces are from Zara, that was unintentional but given how in sync they are with the pulse of fashion, and how successful they are with creating affordable fashion, it shouldn’t be that surprising.

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Left: Zara Studio Collection padded vest, $249 - More info/purchase Right: Balenciaga inflatable zippered sleeveless jacket, $2525 - More info/purchase.

Left: Zara Studio slouchy trench coat with contrasting belt, $299.90 - More info/purchase Right: Simone Rocha tie sleeved trench, $2320 - More info/purchase.

Left: J Slides Piper black leather platform loafers with silver chain trim, $129 - More info/purchase Right: Givenchy silver chain trim loafers, $850 - More info/purchase.

Left: Forever 21 chainmail tank dress, $125 - More info/purchase Right: Paco Rabanne chainmail tank, $3650 - More info/purchase.

Left: Zara black leather fringed jacket with studs, $129.00 - More info/purchase Right: Gucci black leather fringed biker jacket, $6800 - More info/purchase.

Left: Zara embroidered lace up satin ballerinas, $119 - More info/purchase Right: Miu Miu lace up silver glitter ballerinas, $575 - More info/purchase.

Left: Zara pale gold leather wedges with jute platforms, $89.90 - More info/purchase Right: Miu Miu gold glitter platform espadrille sandals, $495 - More info/purchase.

Left: Michael Michael Kors red leather Cori small trunk bag, $368 - More info/purchase Right: Valentino red leather rock stud small trunk bag, $1295 - More info/purchase.

Left: Zara black asymmetric jumpsuit, $99.00 - More info/purchase Right: Co black crepe jumpsuit, $1095 - More info/purchase.

Left: Zara silver ankle boots, $34.95 - More info/purchase Right: Dorateymur silver leather ankle boots $490 - More info/purchase.

Left:  Zara red power pantsuit, $238.90 - More info/purchase of Jacket & More info/purchase on straight cut trousers Right: Versace red power pantsuit, $2800 - More info/purchase for blazer & More info/purchase for crepe flared pants.

- Marilyn Kirschner

Friday, March 24, 2017

New York Fashion Cool-Aid ® by Laurel Marcus

Tales From the Back of the Closet

Bill Blass Creative Director Chris Benz in a Comme des Garcons
 leather rabbit-eared baseball cap
(Published by Rizzoli March 2017 | Hardcover | 192 pages | List price:  $35.00)

The calendar says spring and my thoughts have turned to cleaning out my closet. In my case, plenty of  thinking = no actual doing. How exciting (let alone easy to get dressed) would life be if I could just locate half the clothing stored in there somewhere; not that my closet aspirations rise anywhere near the level of something seen in The Coveteur.

I've sadly become a silent stalker of The Real Real (high-end consignment which will send an actual human to amass a collection of valued castoffs) and Fitz ( which dispatches two organizer/stylists to your house for several hours to weed out/ prune/cultivate your overgrown closet and even (time allowing) make wardrobe suggestions. I have not actually been able to click here to challenge either of these sites to make good on their claims. I'm pretty sure it would take the wielding of a weed whacker to machete through this turf of overgrown, over burgeoned and overburdened closet acreage.

They say the average person wears only 20% of their wardrobe with any regularity. My numbers may be even lower lately as I live off a fairly steady winter diet consisting of a rotating stack of skinny jeans. All of that changes drastically once warmer weather arrives. If my closet had an eating disorder it would be gluttony: I need it to binge and purge. A Freudian's diagnosis: anal retentive. Many ill advised purchases have taken up residence due to TFW you spy something, be it at a sample sale; an exotic locale; or from SUI (Shopping Under the Influence). For sure, drunk shopping is regrettable but couple it with the exotic locale and you've got real potential for trouble. Unfortunately, I know firsthand.

Once, after a wine-soaked lunch at The Ivy, I ventured over to Rodeo Drive and purchased a very expensive, somewhat heinous silver cocktail dress, oddly enough from the short-lived line of (see book cover) Chris Benz -- that almost fit.  Of course by the time I had a possible occasion to wear it, it didn't come close to fitting. (I don't know about your experiences but in my closet resides an evil genie with magically unwanted powers. How else to explain clothing that's been shrunken in the hip area)!

Annabella Hochschild
Crayola dress bought for $8 at St. Marks Place

Since misery loves company, imagine my glee in finding this delightful little diversion entitled "I Actually Wore This: Clothes We Can't Believe We Bought" (out next Tuesday -- preorder here ). This is the brainchild of Emmy-nominated writer and filmmaker Tom Coleman with photos by fashion, portrait and celebrity photographer Jerome Jakubiec. I was intrigued the minute I laid eyes on the cover photo: the aforementioned Bill Blass Creative Director Chris Benz in a Comme des Garcons leather rabbit-eared baseball cap purchased in Tokyo. "If I was invited to an Easter Egg Hunt at a leather bar, I'd have just the thing." If Rei Kawakubo had anything to do with it perhaps he can drag it out for the upcoming Met Gala, although Madonna already did those Louis Vuitton rabbit ears). Hmmm...your thoughts?

Linda Fargo

Inside the book are 80 photos with brief narrative accounts, emulating the form of street-style chronicles like The Sartorialist but with a twist, from a varied group (no word on how they were selected) of normally style conscious individuals. Perhaps most notably is Bergdorf's Linda Fargo -- a hot pink Philip Lim suit "the color of strawberry Twizzlers" worn, unforgivably in a sea of black is the worst she can come up with? I noticed that many of the items of questionable taste were those deemed an unflattering or obnoxious color, those that culturally appropriated (there's that exotic locale for you), are too costume-y,  or those that just didn't suit the occasion or the lifestyle they were purchased for. Here's how Coleman explains it:

"While working on the book, some common themes arose in terms of why and how the regrettable items ended up in people’s closets. Sample sales were the culprit more than once, as it seems people are willing to buy Misfit-Toy fashion if it’s drastically reduced and slapped with the name of a designer they recognize. “Who knows, I might wear a Chanel gas mask someday.” Vintage boutiques, resale shops, and secondhand stores, no matter what you call them,they too supplied a handful of items for our pantheon of regrettable garments. This proves that bad taste, much like the German measles, needs to be eradicated quickly so that it cannot spread to future generations."

Molly Shannon

From SNL alumni Molly Shannon's floral jumpsuit bought for a girls weekend at a fancy ranch in Carmel (her Southern friend said it screamed "resoooort" prompting her into a quick change),to a twice worn Cheeto-orange cocktail dress purchased by art dealer Lee Potter, to apparel entrepreneur Tim Convery's Yeti suit (yeah it's a costume he actually wore 20 times!), the idea is that these items appeared in public (for the most part) and the wearer tells the where, why, how and how much the offending item set them back.

Rachel Antonoff
1980's dress by Geoffrey Beene bought at a Vermont thrift store
for a New Year's Eve party

The consistently humorous tone taken here is no doubt edited by Coleman. Most of the items are really not that bad -- the fact that they were held onto oftentimes for years is also occasionally addressed here. Case in point: the pink embroidered sample sale coat purchased by The New Yorker's deputy fiction editor Cressida Leyshon and worn once, which somehow followed her through several office moves (she says you can have it if you stop by her office) and of course, the "sweaty" Yeti.

Chip Kidd

Here are some of my favorite excerpts from the book. Chip Kidd, cover designer and co-author of True Prep, on his $250 rugby shirt bought for a sailing trip finds out that "real sailors wear faded Phish t-shirts and old Patagonia shorts covered in linseed oil, not shirts that make you look like you're in the chorus of Godspell." Book editor Ira Silverberg on his Hermes smoking jacket picked up at a 1998 sample sale: "Sample sales make you do crazy things. Items you would normally never buy become must-haves when their prices have been chopped more times than Lizzie Borden’s parents."

Brooklyn tattoo artist Virginia Elwood on her Ralph Lauren fringed buckskin pants: " I bought the pants at Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren is a very good place to find clothes for fantasy you, as Ralph deals in all sorts of fantasies. He can transform you into a Park Avenue princess, a prairie settler, a downhill racer — whomever you want to be, chances are Ralph has what you need to get there. He doesn’t mess around."

Claire Distenfeld

Of course, not all items worn once are a mistake in retrospect. Fivestory boutique owner Claire Distenfeld models her $475 Comme des Garcons sheer top "sunburst" dress bought in 2012, although she considered it out-of-character, as an expression of her post breakup "new me." She wore the vintage store purchase to meet friends at a bar where she was tapped on the shoulder by -- wait for it -- her ex-boyfriend. "As for the epilogue of this tale, the dress is now officially retired, and my boyfriend is now my husband. Good work, sunbursts."

- Laurel Marcus

Thursday, March 23, 2017

New York Evening Hours by Lieba Nesis

FIT Annual Gala Raises $4.5 Million

Ryan Seacrest, Tracey Lundgren, & her father CEO of Macy's Terry Lundgren
All photos Lieba Nesis
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FIT held its Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis with cocktails beginning at 6 PM. The event which honored CEO of Macy's, Inc., Terry Lundgren, was with more than 1,700 people gathering for cocktails and dinner to celebrate FIT and outgoing CEO Terry Lundgren. Lundgren has been Macy's CEO for the past 14 years, and is being replaced by Jeff Gennette, who is currently Macy's president.

Ralph Lauren, New Macy's CEO Jeff Gennette, Tina Lundgren & Ricky Lauren

Lundgren was the star of the evening with fashion luminaries such as Anna Wintour, Ralph Lauren, Fern Mallis, Andrew Rosen and Vera Wang attending to pay homage to this fashion giant who founded The Terry Lundgren center for Retailing at the University of Arizona. While tonight Terry was busy, I was fortunate to bump into him this past Monday at a Carnegie Hall function where we were able to talk. Terry told me that today's fashion industry was a very different place, with consumers currently spending on health care, technology, Spotify and housing renovations instead of clothing.

Olympian Evan Lysacek, Vera Wang and President of Sean John Jeff Tweedy

He recounted his background as a buyer for Bullock's, becoming CEO of Neiman Marcus and later moving to Macy's. Macy's now operates more than 700 stores under the nameplates Macy's and Bloomingdale's and approximately 125 specialty stores. Terry proudly boasted that Macy's was the sixth largest retailer in America and that when he became CEO in 2003 the internet business was a minuscule couple of million; whereas now Macy's has a multibillion dollar internet presence and sales of $26 billion per year. He noted he would remain executive chairman of Macy's and was weighing options concerning his future career trajectory.

Jean Shafiroff, President of FIT Joyce Brown, & B Michael

Lundgren has an overwhelming stature with movie star looks and all the right friends with Ryan Seacrest hosting the dinner and Puff Daddy, John Varvatos, and Ken Chenault appearing via film to laud his accomplishments. His beautiful wife Tina commented that he has manners and grace "without a hair out of place" and then joked that it was annoying.

Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour, clad in a floral coat, spoke about Terry and how she admired that, "while most people will attend an opening Terry is one of the few who opens his checkbook." Terry also has a great sense of humor thanking Anna Wintour and Ralph Lauren for coming and stating they were so iconic they were readily identifiable by their first names.

Beatles cover band the Hofners at the cocktail party

He also thanked Ryan Seacrest, who he said was more than just a pretty face, as he has brought great educational programs to America such as "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" seeing their potential before others did - adding that Seacrest suits were only available at Macy's.

David Lauren

Lundgren expounded on the importance of education noting that neither one of his parents nor his five siblings attended college and he considered graduating University of Arizona a pivotal moment in his life. Lundgren thanked his wife for never allowing him to be complacent and praised his two daughter's one of whom recently welcomed a child. Terry announced that $4.5 million was raised this evening for FIT and The Terry Lundgren Center for Retailing to which he received a standing ovation.

Chef Daniel Boulud presenting Terry and Tina Lundgren
 with birthday cake and Ryan Seacrest

Being that tomorrow was Lundgren's 65th birthday, and ironically he was handing over the CEO reins the next morning to Gennette, chef Daniel Boulud presented Lundgren with a cake made from chocolate golf balls while Puff Daddy sang Happy Birthday via a movie screen. As the crowd rushed home at the early hour of 9:15 PM, I grabbed a Macy's goody bag which contained a scarf, tie, cream and other condiments - a rewarding conclusion to a powerful evening.

- Lieba Nesis