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CFDA IN L.A.: A party at Diane von Furstenberg’s Beverly Hills home Thursday night to introduce the Council of Fashion Designers of America to the Los Angeles fashion community may be the hottest ticket in town. Among the estimated 150 guests: James Galanos, Juicy Couture’s Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Taylor, James Perse, Davis Factor, Cameron Silver, Arianne Phillips and CFDA Award nominee Nak Armstrong. Since this is DVF’s soiree, pals Christian Louboutin, Kelly Wearstler, Veronica de Laurentiis and David Geffen will also be on hand. The guest list “speaks to the breadth and depth of who we have as our members,’’ said CFDA executive director Peter Arnold. “We have emerging designers to the titans in our membership, and supporters who come from worlds that collide with fashion.”
ELMO’S DUDS: SesameWorkshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind public television’s “Sesame Street,” hopes to hang on to its former viewers with a line of fashion accessories set to hit stores in October. Familiar characters such as Elmo, Cookie Monster, The Count and Oscar the Grouch are each the face of a 32-product line, ranging from plush toys and cell-phone cases to satchels and beaded change purses, aimed at teens and tweens. Wholesale prices range from $1.50 to $24 for the collection targeting stores such as Urban Outfitters and Wet Seal. Los Angeles-based Nakajima USA, the U.S. master licensee for Japan’s Sanrio, known for its “Hello Kitty” products, is the licensee of the Sesame Street line.
ALL FOR OTIS: Nike executives Mindy Grossman, vice president of global apparel, and Peter Kolsky, vice president and general manager of U.S. apparel and team sports, have had to hit the ground running since marathoner William D. Perez became chief executive officer. But that hasn’t stopped the pair from raising money for Los Angeles’ Otis College of Art & Design. They were feted during a private reception at the Nikewomen store at the Grove shopping center last month. The event was a precursor to the school’s 2005 scholarship benefit and fashion show slated for Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where Grossman and Kolsky will receive awards. Perez led executives on a morning jog at a recent company retreat. “Fortunately, it wasn’t a marathon,” Grossman said.
This story first appeared in the May 4, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.