CHICAGO — Los Angeles-based designer Richard Tyler got the movie-star treatment when he came to Chicago to present his new collection for Anne Klein at a Saks Fifth Avenue lunch. Women lined up to get his autograph on glossy publicity photos and programs from the show.
Tyler’s 3-month-old son, Edward, appropriately attired in a Saks bib, and his wife and business manager Lisa Trafficante were the focus of almost as much attention.
Saks’ vice chairman Gary Witkin and Anne Klein owner Tomio Taki also dropped into town for the event. It marked the first day at a new job for new Saks general manager Robert Pike, a transplant from the Houston store.
The Australian-born designer noted the Chicago audience of 220 women was a “pretty savvy group” who would adapt the collection — lots of short, sheer and schoolgirl looks — to suit them.
At least one lady agreed on modifications: “You could button the shirts rather than leave them unbuttoned,” she said.
Saks’ fashion director Nena Ivon said, “I think Anne Klein would be very proud. It was very much her feeling but his style.”
The lunch raised about $6,000 for the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, appropriately, since Anne Klein herself died from breast cancer in 1974.