Byline: Julie Naughton

NEW YORK — Call it an evening of mentors.
From presenters Linda Wells, editor in chief of Allure, and packaging designer Marc Rosen to Andrea Robinson, president of Ralph Lauren Fragrances Worldwide, many of the 300 people who attended Tuesday’s 12th annual Pratt Institute/Luxe Pack Monaco Art of Packaging dinner at the University Club were eager to credit those who had inspired them. Robinson, who accepted a crystal Tiffany trophy from Rosen and Luxe Pack Monaco president Pierre-Yves Maisonneuve in honor of her company’s achievements in design, cited a number of inspiring people — including designer Ralph Lauren and the recently retired L’Oreal USA president, Guy Peyrelongue. Rosen himself cited Annette Green, president of the Fragrance Foundation, while Wells said that Robinson — who had been an editor at Vogue while she was an assistant — was an early inspiration.
To keep things from getting too serious, mistress of ceremonies Joan Rivers kept the crowd at the University Club laughing — but managed to get in a few references to her fragrance Now and Forever, for which Rosen designed the bottle.
The evening is expected to net $120,000 or more for the Marc Rosen Scholarship for Graduate Package Design at Pratt Institute. In addition to his longtime career as a packaging designer, Rosen is a professor and trustee at Pratt Institute and has taught graduate-level courses there for close to 20 years. Including this dinner’s contributions, the scholarship fund’s grand total has now topped $500,000, noted Thomas F. Schutte, president of Pratt Institute.

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