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HAUTE HOOPLA: This year's Night of Stars, the Fashion Group International's annual black-tie gala, will feature nine Paris couturiers on stage for a presentation honoring Bernadine Morris, fashion writer for the New York...
HAUTE HOOPLA: This year's Night of Stars, the Fashion Group International's annual black-tie gala, will feature nine Paris couturiers on stage for a presentation honoring Bernadine Morris, fashion writer for the New York Times.
Making appearances, according to the Fashion Group, will be Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Gianfranco Ferre for Christian Dior, Maurizio Galante, Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Emanuel Ungaro, Philippe Venet, Gianni Versace and Oscar de la Renta for Balmain. The gala is scheduled for Sept. 8 in New York, at a location to be announced.
Honorary co-chairs are Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, chairman and chief executive officer of the Times, and his wife, Carol. Eugene P. Grisanti, chairman and president of International Flavors & Fragrances, is the gala's chairman.
Part of the evening's proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
AUGUSTUS SUITS KAMALI: Norma Kamali and Augustus Clothiers have formed a joint venture company called KA Associates to produce and market a line of suits with the Norma Kamali label. Chuck Krieger, president of Augustus, said his company will produce the suits in its Brooklyn factory and will also handle shipping. The bridge-to-designer-priced line will be sold at the Kamali showroom at 11 West 56th St. in New York.
This is the first Kamali line just for suits, although some have always been part of the Kamali sportswear collection.
Rebecca Blair, formerly in sales at the Lizsport division of Liz Claiborne, has been named director of sales for the suit line, which will start selling at retail in July. Krieger said the line will not compete with Augustus suits, which are priced in the better-to-bridge area, and have a different fit, design focus and customer base.
Although the line is aimed at suit departments, Blair said the concept is to market it as separates, with jackets available with coordinating skirts or pants and some vests, as well as some evening suits comprising gowns with matching jackets. In addition, a group of jumpsuits and jump shorts offer a more casual approach.
LONDON FOG'S NEW DIGS: As part of its strategy to update its image, London Fog will have a New York building named after it, when it combines its men's and women's showrooms this October in new sales offices at 8 West 40th St., which will be known as the London Fog Building. The space, which will also house the firm's Pacific Trail showroom, is about 25,000 square feet, and company officials expect to eventually expand it. The women's showroom in New York is currently at 512 Seventh Ave., while the men's is at 1290 Sixth Ave.
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