DESIGNERS UNDER WRAPS: Actress Michael Michele could easily have taken home the best-dressed prize at Monday’s Women’s Sports Foundation awards dinner, if there was one. With few exceptions, many of the elite athletes were hard-pressed to identify the labels they were wearing. Dominique Dawes said her friends bought her floral halter dress at an outlet store, possibly a BCBG one. Lisa Leslie was more specific. Her Donna Karan dress was a Bloomingdale’s find even though she said she has modeled in a show for the designer.

For her part as a presenter, Michele was dressed in a floor-length, champagne-colored gown. But she was reluctant to offer up the designer’s name. After some hesitation, she said it was from Peter Som.

“I’m a recent fan. I told him I want to put everything [he makes] away in my closet,” she said. “I’m always trying to find new designers who haven’t been overexposed in Hollywood and that has become increasingly more difficult to do.”

LONDON BOUND: After a three-year stint as the fashion director for Henri Bendel, Anna Garner is returning to London as the head of fashion for Selfridges.

“She expressed a desire to move back to London and this opportunity dovetails with her personal goals,” said Ed Burstell, vice president and general manager at Bendel’s. “Of course she’ll be missed here, professionally and personally.”

Garner will be replaced internally by Scott Tepper, who has been the buyer at Bendel’s for seasonal accessories and footwear. Prior to working at Bendel’s, Tepper was the head of merchandising for Villa Moda in Kuwait, specializing in designer apparel and accessories.

“Fashion is a key area for the store and represents a significant part of our business, and we’ll be looking to Anna to position Selfridges at the forefront of the market,” said James Bidwell, marketing director of Selfridges. He added that Garner would start work in the New Year and report to David Riddiford, buying and merchandising director at the retailer. Garner will also oversee men’s, women’s, sportswear, young and couture-level fashion.

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