DEGREE DAYS: Oscar de la Renta will receive an honorary doctorate from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco during the school’s annual graduates’ spring fashion show on May 23. De la Renta will also announce the winners of two internships, one with him in New York and another in Paris at Balmain Haute Couture, which he also designs.
Meanwhile, Rose Marie Bravo, chief executive officer of Burberry, will receive an honorary doctorate of human letters from New York’s Fordham University, her alma mater, on May 20.
PEOPLE AND PLACES: Et Al Group, the women’s suit and dress licensee of J.G. Hook, has hired Mike Stravino as director of sales and merchandising. He will report to Et Al Group president Eric King. Prior to this appointment, Stravino worked as the senior dress buyer for J.C. Penney.
Esther Mancini has been promoted to vice president design of the Leslie Fay Dress Division. She joined the dress division in 1995.
MIAMI MOCA UPDATE: Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art celebrated the opening of its current exhibits — including the Surrealist art collection of Rosalind and Melvin Jacobs, the late retailing legend — with a benefit last month sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Southern Wine and Spirits, and Porto Vita, a residential property in Aventura, Fla.Proceeds from the evening benefited MoCA’s exhibitions and education programs. The Jacobs exhibit runs through May 28.
LIGHTHOUSE SALE: Lighthouse International’s annual “Posh” sale is scheduled for May 18 to 20 at its Manhattan headquarters at 110 East 60th Street. The event benefits the organization’s vision rehabilitation programs.
The sale includes samples and accessories, as well as some used apparel including pieces from Calvin Klein, Armani, Bill Blass, Donna Karan, Judith Leiber and Versace. Among the buys are a small Furla purse for $40, a Carmen Marc Valvo pink silk chiffon gown at $150 and a Ferragamo suede bag for $100.
A preview benefit will take place on May 17 at 6 p.m. with a $100 admission fee, while admission on May 18 costs $25 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and $10 until 6 p.m. Admission on May 19 and 20 is also $10.