LOVETT’S NEW LOOK
Always a sure sign of spring, Rich’s 37th Annual Lovett Show marked the end of a week-long rainy spell and broke longstanding tradition with a new location at Cobb Galleria Center and first-ever evening show. The Lovett Jazz Orchestra played as guest emcee newscaster John Pruitt started off the show, which has raised over $400,000 in the past eight years for educational programs at the Lovett School.
For previous Lovett shows, the audience rode shuttle buses to sit on bleachers in the school gymnasium. Overall, the new ambience, evening show and added junior segment translated into a more diverse audience. “We wanted to give working men and women a chance to see the best spring fashion show in the Southeast,” said Cathey Millichap, who chaired the event. Highlights included a funky “Jackie O” segment and guest designer David Dart’s easy-going rayon prints, which the audience of 1,000 plus gushed over. Dart could have guessed the crowd would approve: at a pre-show appearance at Rich’s, Lovett volunteers were so excited by his new collection, they couldn’t wait to get to a dressing room. Instead, they began trying on his clothes right over their business suits.
CHEERS FOR CHANEL
February brought one of fashion’s most recognized names to the South when Saks Fifth Avenue presented the Chanel spring-summer 1995 ready-to-wear collection at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead. Over 500 guests from Atlanta’s social circle gathered for the reception, show and luncheon to benefit the new brain injury unit of the Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta.
The high-energy event, which raised over $22,000, marked the first time the collection was shown in the U.S. for Saks Fifth Avenue directly from Paris. Applause from the guests was heard throughout the show. Although the split skirts with sequined bikini bottoms showing underneath raised some eyebrows, the Chanel classics came through, as usual. Cookie Aftergut, an auxiliary board member of the benefit, commented afterward, “Half of the clothes were even wearable, especially the classic suits for older women.”