CHEAP AND CHIC: The list of New York Fashion Week’s alternative, cheaper venues with convenient locations is growing longer. Style Lounge, a collaboration between event producer LIVEstyle Entertainment and Elle and Elle Girl magazines, will bow in September at the Show nightclub, located at 135 West 41st Street, just a half a block from Bryant Park. The space offers a 36-foot runway with seating for 230 people and standing space for up to 200 more. Organizers say the $8,000 price tag covers all production costs, except for models and front-of-house public relations. Scheduled to show so far are Costello Tagliapietra, Mara Hoffman, Lynn Park and Zaldy. As of now, StyleLounge is scheduled to be open for business September 8-11.
KELLWOOD ADDS TO BOARD: Robert J. Baer and Harvey A. Weinberg have been named to Kellwood Co.’s board of directors. They succeed Raymond Bentele and Leonard Genovese, who retired from the board in June. Baer, a veteran of the transportation industry, is currently chairman of the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District and president emeritus of UniGroup Inc. Weinberg, a private investor, was previously chairman and chief executive officer of Hartmarx Corp., where he spent 25 years. With the new additions there are seven independent directors on Kellwood’s 10-member board.
This story first appeared in the August 9, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.