NATORI SOCIETY: One of the Philippines’ most well-known designers and some of its budding young talent have teamed up for “Philippine Style 2000,” a new exhibit from the Asia Society.
Josie Natori, chairman of The Natori Co. and a trustee of Asia Society, coordinated the event and exhibit, which runs through June 10. A kick-off cocktail party was held last week at the new Asia Society headquarters at 502 Park Avenue for the exhibit, which features textile and apparel designs inspired by Philippine culture from award-winning Filipino designers and students of the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Natori, who oversees a designer innerwear firm specializing in sleepwear and daywear under the Natori and Josie labels, hails from the Philippines and has been a strong supporter of Filipino designers of accessories, ready-to-wear and innerwear.
“This exhibit is a huge success,” said Natori, noting that several hundred guests attended the opening-night event. “This definitely gives positive exposure to established Filipino designers, and the exhibit is beautifully complemented by the talent of the FIT students.”
Vishakha Desai, senior vice president of the Asia Society and director of galleries and cultural programs, said, “The purpose is not to re-create traditional designs, but rather to produce truly contemporary styles out of traditional Philippine fabrics.”

WACHNER LAUDED: Linda J. Wachner, president, chairwoman and chief executive officer of The Warnaco Group, was the recipient of The CASA Distinguished Service Award last week at the eighth annual awards dinner of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. The gala cocktail party and dinner was held at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
Wachner was one of CASA’s first supporters when it was founded in 1992. Her sustained support of CASA is part of her continuing involvement in programs that combat illegal drug use. Most recently, she championed the new cause-related marketing campaign “Say Yes to Exercise, Say No to Substance Abuse.”
In an effort to promote healthy lifestyles and an anti-drug message, Speedo, a subsidiary of Warnaco, created brochures and powerful endorsements by Gold Medal athletes to communicate CASA’s message: “A child who reaches the age of 21 without using drugs, smoking cigarettes or abusing alcohol is virtually certain never to do so.”
At the dinner, Joseph A. Califano Jr., chairman and president of the organization and a member’s of Warnaco’s board, told the audience that the organization’s goal was to raise $2 million in contributions, but was off by $200,000. Wachner pulled out her checkbook and said, “You now have your $2 million.”