PACCIONE GETS HUGGED: Over 400 executives of the intimate apparel and retail industries turned out at the annual H.U.G. Awards dinner hosted by the Intimate Apparel Square Club.

The awards event, which is an acronym for Help Us Give, raised $300,000 to benefit the New York Pediatric Wing of NYU Hospital Center.

Honoree Diane Paccione, former vice president and general merchandise manager of ready-to-wear and intimate apparel at Sears Roebuck & Co., helped “raise a tremendous amount of contributions for the pediatric wing,” said an IAC spokeswoman.

“Diane really beat the bushes and lots of people turned out because she’s such a wonderful, caring person,” said the spokeswoman.

Paccione received the award for her community service and dedication to the intimate apparel industry, as well as her long-time commitment to the IAC’s charitable endeavors.



DVF EXPANDS INTIMATES: Diane Von Furstenberg is expanding her new collection of lingerie called DVF Boudoir.

Reaction was strong to a compact collection of intimates by Von Furstenberg, which was previewed last spring at a fashion show and party, said a spokeswoman.

“Like all of our collections, it’s starting out small and focused, and selling to select specialty shops,” she said. “We have had some pieces of lingerie in the collection before, but due to popular demand, we have now decided to roll out a full line that we make and distribute ourselves.”

A key item is a group of signature kimono robes paired with tap pants and camis. A first-year wholesale sales projection was not available, but according to industry estimates, the line is expected to generate sales of around $5 million.



RAMPAGE GETS SLEEPY: Vandale will be extending its licensed Rampage innerwear for spring 2004 to include a line of sleepwear bearing the Rampage label.

Designed by Barbara Lekus, the sleepwear will include 12 dual-purpose pieces that have an innerwear-outerwear flavor. Styles will include short and midlength sleep gowns, baby dolls, pajamas, and a variety of tops and bottoms, said Elena Kaloudis, a sales associate for Rampage innerwear.Fabrics will include blends of Modal microfiber, iridescent polyester georgette and a range of laces. Special effects will include pin-tuck pleating, handkerchief hemlines, drawstring waist treatments and double-layered laces. A pastel color story will include aqua, pink, blue, peach and lavender. Solid black will be available in Modal blends.

Gary Kallman, vice president of sales at Vandale, said all items will retail under $50. The four-year-old Rampage innerwear label generates annual wholesale sales of $5 million to $7 million, according to industry estimates.

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