Nicole W: With her husband, Serge Weinberg, leaving the Gucci Group parent PPR to set up his own investment firm, Nicole Weinberg decided it was time to throw her hat into the fashion ring. The line of evening sweaters she presented at the Ritz to her social friends and the press is the result. “I couldn’t find what I wanted to wear when I went out at night,” Weinberg said. So she designed it herself: fine cashmere knits decorated with lace, fur and rhinestones. A mauve V-neck, for example, was trimmed with a ribbon at the waist encrusted with semiprecious stones, while a camel cardigan had epaulet and bejeweled buttons and a crewneck number was trimmed in silver sequins. “Cashmere is a woman’s best friend in the evening,” she said. “I hope they’re modern, sophisticated and elegant.”

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