NEW YORK — "I wanted to come to this party so much, I bought the company for $180 million," said Paul Charron, chairman and chief executive officer of Liz Claiborne Inc. And judging by the party’s turnout and entertainment factor, it seemed to be a wise investment.

Herbert Gallen, chairman of Ellen Tracy, threw a gala 40th-anniversary party for his wife and chief designer, Linda Allard, at the New York Public Library last Thursday night, and it could have easily passed for another wedding. With an hour to get the library in party mode after its closing, Robert Isabel transformed Astor Hall and the Celeste Bartos Forum into a cornucopia of fall leaves, flowers and pumpkins. Ellen Tracy, which is the number one bridge resource in every department store it sells, attracted an A-list of retailers, including Burt Tansky, Joan Kaner, Michael Gould, Christina Johnson and Hal Kahn.

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