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GRAY DAY: Marie Gray, designer and founder of St. John Knits, dropped by for a trunk show at Jacobson’s in Naples, Fla., and helped generate $70,000 in sales of stock and special orders in about two hours. The trunk show followed a fashion show benefit, held Nov. 6 at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, which drew 375 and aided Girls Incorporated of Collier County. Mary Miller, general manager of the store, said the trunk show, which ran through Nov. 8, exceeded $150,000 in sales. Top sellers included an arctic blue cocktail dress at $600, a long black evening gown with paillettes and a cut-out back at $1,700, and a long white evening jacket with paillettes at $1,300.

PHILADELPHIA STORY: Nicole Miller was honored by the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation of Philadelphia Saturday night at the group’s ninth annual gala. The black-tie event in Memorial Hall raised $100,000 for nonprofit child- care programs in the Delaware Valley region.
Miller first became associated with the foundation in 1995, when the group’s fashion show featured clothing and accessories from her boutique. The collaboration grew with a project for Child Care Awareness Day, when Miller introduced a limited edition print for last Valentine’s Day designed by children from the Philadelphia area. Similar student-designed prints were released for Father’s Day and for Halloween.
The foundation was established in 1986 by relatives of Lokoff, who worked in child care before her death. In 10 years, the organization has raised more than $4 million to improve the quality of child care. Last year, more than $100,000 was awarded to various agencies and programs.

CARMINE’S STEP UP: Carmine Porcelli has been promoted to managing director at Halston, a division of TTI Apparel Group. Since joining the company in May, he has been director of licensing. Besides continuing to oversee all licensing, Porcelli now directs advertising, public relations, retail and marketing development and worldwide brand image management. He reports to Marc Setten, chief executive officer.

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