FEMMY GALA: Neither rain, sleet nor snow kept more than 600 innerwear retailers and manufacturers from attending the industry’s most important event of the year: The Femmy Awards.
After scores of cancellations from retailers at the fall-holiday market during last week’s blizzard that wasn’t, co-chairwomen Norma Reinhardt of Westchester Lace and Sheila Solomon of Priamo Designs both said they were “sweating bullets” as they awaited guests at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel last Tuesday.
“Some retailers didn’t make market appointments, but they sure turned out in full force for the Femmys,” said Solomon.
Recipients of The Femmy Awards were Terri Meichner, vice president of intimate apparel at Federated Merchandising Group; Charles L. Nesbit, president and chief executive officer of Sara Lee Intimate Apparel at Sara Lee Corp., and Henry Warshow, president of H. Warshow & Sons.
Eric Wiseman, vice president of the VF Global Intimate Apparel Coalition, presented Meichner with her award. Nesbit received his from Helen McClusky, president of Sara Lee’s Playtex Apparel division, while Janet Peters, chief operating officer of the Warshow firm, presented Henry Warshow with his Femmy.
“I’m going to put my Femmy in a very prominent position in my office,” said Meichner.
LOVE FEST: Designing sisters Maya and Angela Malik of Loveletters, a Los Angeles-based sleepwear and loungewear specialist, were commissioned by the Bailey House to design a proceeds T-shirt with the logo “Love Is Blind.” The dynamic duo recently participated in an “Open Your Heart” auction in New York, where they presented Loveletters lifestyle vignettes with models and merchandise.
The Bailey House’s mission is to elevate awareness of AIDS. Other participants included Henri Bendel, Fred Segal Twilight and girlshop.com.
PUCKER UP: Even though Manhattan streets were messy, more than 100 party animals — retailers and vendors — showed up at the relaunch party and fashion show of the young contemporary sleepwear label French Jenny at Saci Club.
Hosts Richard and Marcia Leeds treated guests to candy treats and party favors, like the line’s signature oversized red wax lips, and had fortune tellers predicting a person’s love life based on a lip print on a napkin. Fortunes ranged from “You know how to give and receive love,” to “Try a little harder and give it a better shot.”