SPA CHARGE: Police arrested Thomas Locascio, an employee at the Estée Lauder spa in Manhasset, N.Y., Wednesday following allegations that he sexually assaulted a patron at the spa. The victim, a 50-year-old woman, alleged she was sodomized by Locascio, 57, during a massage at the spa, according to a police report filed Wednesday. Locascio, a Floral Park, N.Y., resident, has been charged with a criminal sexual act third degree and will be arraigned at the First District Court. In response to the arrest, an Estée Lauder spokeswoman issued the following statement: “We just learned this morning of the allegations against one of our spa employees. We take these allegations very seriously.…We are fully cooperating with the investigation and have terminated Mr. Locascio’s employment for failure to cooperate with the company’s internal review.”

DESIGNER FACE-OFF: Gen Art is accepting submissions for the 7th Annual International Styles Competition presented by the American Express IN: NYC Card in five categories: women’s rtw, men’s wear, women’s avant-garde, women’s eveningwear and accessories. Thirty designers will vie for more than $35,000 in cash prizes at the Styles 2005 Runway Show and Competition at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on May 17. All entries will be reviewed by a committee of editors, stylists and retail buyers, who will select the finalists on April 15. Perrier will also hold its fourth annual Perrier “Bubbling Under” Award in conjunction with the Gen Art Styles 2005 competition. The Perrier Award is open to all emerging designers and fashion students who submit sketch-based presentations, which will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of Gen Art-appointed judges. To receive an application for any competition category, log onto or send an e-mail to

This story first appeared in the February 25, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.