NEW YORK — It was ladies’ night at SoHo’s Eleanor Ettinger Gallery last Tuesday as a group of 25 celebrated women turned out to help jewelry designer Carolee Friedlander mark her 25th year in business.
Friedlander, founder and president of Carolee Designs, said she has been inspired by many women since she started her company, and she decided to create an anniversary photo album featuring some of them.
Entitled “25 Women Celebrate 25 Years of Carolee,” the book features women whom Friedlander described as “overwhelming successes.” Each of the black and white portraits, shot by Deborah Feingold, features a woman wearing Carolee’s jewelry.
The roster includes pioneering women from the worlds of finance, politics, medicine, publishing, advertising, broadcasting, beauty and, of course, fashion.
Among the celebrators were Dayton Hudson president Linda Ahlers, Westchester County Congresswoman Nita Lowey, former White House social secretary Ann Stock, cosmetics tycoons Evelyn Lauder and Bobbi Brown, and broadcast journalists Lynn Sherr, Deborah Norville and Donna Hanover.
The fight against breast cancer, long a cause for Friedlander and her company, also will benefit from the album. All profits from the initial run of 1,000 albums — at $250 each — will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The night of the party, 150 books were sold.
“I must say I like being in the company of such strong, courageous women,” said Hanover, who was among the women in the album.
Kelli Questrom, a former ad agency executive and veteran of the fashion industry, also is a supporter of the cause, and is a survivor of breast cancer.
For her portrait, Questrom wore a denim jacket that she’d kept since high school, and let her nature-loving personality shine through by pinning brooches — butterflies, animals — all over it.
The night also was a personal event for Questrom — it marked the 30th anniversary of her marriage to Allen Questrom, former chairman of Federated Department Stores.
Sherr, ABC news correspondent, said her affinity for the Carolee project came from knowing that the designer “cares about giving back.”
Sherr said there was a common characteristic that united all the women in the photos, and she stated it with a reporter’s candor: “We’re all the kind of women men gritted their teeth at when we walked in the room — and we got there anyway.”

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