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BOTKIER BAGS IT: Add Botkier to the laundry list of top accessories brands doing lines for Target. Sources said Monica Botkier is designing a line of bags for the mass merchant. Rafe, Devi Kroell, Loeffler Randall, Hollywould and Gryson most recently did lines for the retailer. Botkier, a fashion photographer who launched her brand five years ago — because she couldn’t find a handbag that quite suited her — sells her accessories at stores such as Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue and Harvey Nichols. This spring, the brand launched shoes, belts and small leather goods. Last month, the firm’s Web site botkier.com, went live for e-commerce. Neither Botkier nor Target could be reached for comment.
STYLIN’ WITH THE MAYOR: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa showed his stylish side on Thursday, when he welcomed the Council of Fashion Designers of America, trade show organizers Designers & Agents, eco nonprofit organization Earth Pledge and dozens of designers at an evening garden party at his official residence, the Getty House. Though his 14-year-old daughter Natalia is a big fashion fan, and her 29-year-old sister, Prisila Villar, is studying marketing at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, the mayor conceded he has much to learn about environmentally sustainable design, which was the theme of the soiree. Upon seeing a cashmere dress made of recycled materials, he remarked, “God — only in Los Angeles.” Among the designers who came to check out their sustainable looks on display were VPL’s Victoria Bartlett, Trina Turk, Trovata’s John Whitledge, Magda Berliner, Diego Binetti and The Stronghold’s Michael Cassel and Michael Paradise. For her selection, Rozae Nichols hand-punched paillettes out of plastic bottles and stuffed a vest with Spanish moss for insulation. Regarding sustainable fashion, Nichols said it’s all about “what you need and what you love. Everything else in between is too much.”
LILY FETES KIM: Lily Allen swooped into a private dinner party in London Thursday night to toast her good friend Kim Jones, who has recently been named creative director of Dunhill. Decked in denim shorts, black leggings and a striped sailor top, Allen told 20 guests, “I’m so happy he’s found a new home.” Allen, showing off a sparkly new Chanel bag, joined guests including Jefferson Hack and Anouck Lepère.
This story first appeared in the March 18, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
WORTH THE EFFORT: Teen Effort — a charitable initiative spearheaded by four New York City high school students including Samantha Perelman (daughter of Ron) — hosted its second annual fund-raiser March 7 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The sophisticated dinner raised over $101,000 for the Mount Sinai Adolescent Center, which provides outpatient health care to underprivileged youths. Apropos for the mostly teenaged crowd on hand at the event, pop idol Kat DeLuna performed after dinner.