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New Yorkers were rejoicing over the arrival of spring weather on Thursday, which made the celebration at Barneys New York for Duro Olowu’s colorful, printed collection all the more timely. Olowu’s wife, Thelma Golden, and Amanda Brooks hosted the luncheon for ladies including Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Olya Thompson, Deborah Roberts, and Bethann Hardison. Before sitting down, several in attendance took the opportunity to try on some of Olowu’s bright dresses and patterned tops. But Susan Fales Hill, a self-diagnosed shopaholic, was doing her best to restrain herself. “If you see me buying something, rip it out of my hands,” she said.

The social’s sobriety lasted only through the shrimp salad and chocolate soufflé. Then she was heard telling a friend, “Mama needs a new pair of shoes.”

This story first appeared in the March 22, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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