DOWN THE AISLE: Kleinfeld staged the first-ever trunk show of Kenneth Pool for Amsale last Friday and Saturday, and sold 22 gowns, ranging from $4,000 to $6,500 each, as well as several veils, with a total retail value exceeding $120,000. “Kenneth was involved with every bride, and the girls loved interacting with him,” said Mara Urshel, president of Kleinfeld, the Brooklyn bridal store. Kenneth Pool is a new division of Amsale, a bridal and eveningwear firm. Previously, Pool was the creative design director at Vera Wang. For his first collection for Amsale, Pool featured gowns with architectural elements such as S-shaped necklines, split and Kabuki-inspired trains, piping on the hemlines and seams, touches of pleating that burst from the hemline and intricate beaded detail on bodices and trains.
This story first appeared in the April 24, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
CONCEPTUALLY FASHIONABLE: Concept Management Group’s seventh Young Designers Showcase opens today in a loft space at 427 Broadway, near Canal Street. It runs through Monday and is open daily from 1 to 8 p.m. The showcase features work by 30 designers in the fields of fashion, fine art, jewelry and photography. A fashion show organized by Emily Welsch and Courtney Kessel will take place Friday at 7:30 p.m.