NEW YORK — “I have a lot of talent, but no sex appeal,” said Alber Elbaz, explaining a recent article he read about himself while accepting his alumni award from The American Committee for Shenkar College in Israel last week.
Elbaz, who has worked with the likes of Geoffrey Beene and Yves Saint Laurent, where he was recently chief designer of Rive Gauche, was one of three award winners that evening at the gala fund-raiser held at the Saint Regis Hotel.
Honored for his many contributions to the 30-year-old college and his strong belief in the strength of the fashion industry, Arthur Levine, chairman and chief executive officer of Kasper ASL and the Anne Klein Group, took home the International Entrepreneur award.
“The industry has been good to us,” Levine told his family, including a nephew who had flown in from Israel. “So, now it’s time to give back.”
Also honored that evening was Stephen Rubin, chairman of Robert Stephen Holdings PLC, who won the honorary fellowship. More than 200 guests attended the event, which raised about $300,000 for school scholarship funds.