LOS ANGELES — This is a season of honors for designer Bob Mackie.
After receiving the Treasures of Los Angeles award from the Central City Association last month, Mackie received an honorary doctorate in fine arts last Saturday from the Otis College of Art & Design here. He was cited for contributions to the fashion world and Otis, where he has been a mentor to aspiring designers for the past 20 years.
“Doctor Bob, it makes me laugh,” said Mackie, who joined a graduating class of 220 students.
His guiding hand was evident at Otis’ scholarship benefit and fashion show May 7 at the Beverly Hilton, which drew more than 900 guests and raised $1.1 million. The honorees were Mindy Grossman, Nike’s vice president of global apparel, and Peter Kolsky, Nike’s vice president and general manager of U.S. apparel and team sports.
Runway works featured the designs of students mentored by Mackie, Eduardo Lucero and Jade Howe, as well as designers from The North Face and Patagonia. The apprentices faced challenging themes. Mackie’s recruits had to create looks borrowing from the 19th century as well as Native Americans that translated into strapless leather gowns and fringed skirts.
Dressed in a flowing chiffon pants set created by a student last year, Otis fan Cindy Crawford was in attendance with design of another kind on her mind. “I’m designing a line of furniture with Rooms To Go,” she said.
Also showing their support was actress Christina Ricci and her boyfriend, Adam Goldberg, who were guests of Otis’ board of governor members Bill and Wrenn Chais. Other guests included Bob McKnight, chairman and chief executive officer of Quiksilver; Dick Baker, Op ceo; designers Jenni Kayne and Sheri Bodell, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products’ president and executive vice president, respectively, Dan Romanelli and Brad Globe.