By  on May 25, 2007

The elegant — if stuffy — ambience of Manhattan's University Club got some showbiz sparkle Tuesday night when Dustin Hoffman walked in with wife Lisa to attend Pratt Institute's annual scholarship dinner for Marc Rosen's graduate school packaging design program.

Rosen designed the packaging for Lisa Hoffman's Night and Day skin care line, but her husband had his own beauty industry connection. He played an old master perfumer in the movie murder mystery "Perfume," and memories of the filming were still painfully fresh when he was asked about the experience. "There was no air-conditioning and I was wearing a wig," he said, explaining that the movie was shot "in an old German studio" in Munich. But he quickly added with relish, "They had the best pretzels in the world." His wife, meanwhile, had her mind on business. The retail reception to her skin care collection "has been extraordinary," she said, and a new line, called Lisa Hoffman Spa Bath and Spa Shower, will be launched in September.

The real stars of the evening, however, were the dinner's honorees, Clinique and its worldwide president Lynne Greene. She was flanked by a squad of top executive brass, headed by William Lauder, president and chief executive officer of Clinique's parent, the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.; Ronald Lauder, chairman of Clinique Laboratories; Dan Brestle, chief operating officer of Lauder; Philip Shearer, the Lauder group president who oversees Clinique, and Jane Lauder, senior vice president of global marketing for Clinique. Ronald Lauder underscored the importance he placed on the evening by admitting that it was the first industry event he had attended since accompanying his late mother, Estée, to a similar one 20 years ago.

During the program Shearer paid tribute to Rosen for leading the graduate design program at Pratt for the last 20 years, then he praised his colleague, the evening's honoree. "She is an extraordinary leader," Shearer said of Greene. "Her teams adore her; she is a visionary and she is one of the best in the industry."

Greene responded by addressing the Pratt students, advising them to believe in their dreams and to stick to their guns. "You will meet a lot of businesspeople in your life," she began. "You have a vision; some of them don't. Don't let them kill your dream."The evening, which was cohosted by Pratt and Luxe Pack, raised over $250,000, according to Pratt president Thomas F. Schutte. "It is a real special night," Rosen added, "maybe more so than ever before."

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