Douglas Hannant's Spring 2005 Collection
L. to r.: Models backstage; Carlton DeWoody and Ann Caruso; Michele Herbert with Ashley and Andrea Stark.

Designer Douglas Hannant showed his Spring 2005 collections to a room-full of celebrities and VIP socialites in the tents at Bryant Park on September 14th. Inspired by Millicent Rogers, the Standard Oil heiress who was one of the most innovatively fashionable women of the 20th century, the collection reflects her flair for living, the eclectic and romantic in spirit, and invokes the sandy, turquoise-laden beauty of Taos, New Mexico where she made her home. The color palette is derived from the Southwest landscape, ranging from a bleached mid-day crispness to an elegant rich sunset.

Those on hand included Lorraine Bracco, Sharon Bush, Pamela Fiori, Ellin Saltzman, Nicole Miller, Gillian Hearst, Patricia Duff, NBC’s Jane Hanson, Felicia Taylor, Eva Dillon, interior designer Lisa Jackson, CeCe Cord, Audrey Gruss, Michelle Herbert, Dana Hammond, Marcia Mishaan, Annie Churchill, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Bettina Zilkha, Helen Schifter, Somers Farkas, Patty Raynes, Pamela Gross, Jamee Gregory, Alice Judelson, and Rebecca Weinberg.

Fabian Basabe, Gillian Hearst, Annie Churchill, Alex Lind Rose, Tinsley Mortimer, and Zani Gugelmann
After the show, the ladies joined Douglas at a luncheon across the street at The Bryant Park Hotel where they nibbled on shrimp salad and toasted the designer with champagne. The tables were scattered with little turquoise beads, which Bracco collected for her jewelry-making classes.

The designer is a favorite among socialites and celebrities including Charlize Theron, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Garner, and Patricia Clarkson. The line is sold at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.
L. to r.: Allison Stern; Alex Lind and Stacy Bendet Weiner; Jane Hanson.
Tara Rockefeller, Mark Gilbertson, and Whitney Fairchild
Cynthia Lufkin, Debbie Bancroft, Douglas Hannant, Lorraine Bracco, Patty Raynes, and Jamee Gregory
L. to r.: Joanne Cassullo and Alice Judelson; Jeanne Lawrence, Felicia Taylor, Alexia Hamm Ryan, and Lisa Jackson; Fern Mallis.
L. to r.: Patricia Duff, Patrick McMullan, and Somers Farkas; Sharon Bush, Nicole Miller, and Patricia Duff; Pamela Gross and Audrey Gruss.

Photographs by Patrick McMullan/PMc

Pre-Gala reception for F.I.S.T. Fights For New York
Bruce Silverglade, Teddy Atlas, Yuri Foreman, Carlos Ortiz, John Oden, Jake LaMotta, Gerry Cooney and Arthur Mercante

Last Tuesday, a week, they held a pre-Gala reception for F.I.S.T. Fights For New York, a not-for-profit organization whose initials stand for Fighters’ Initiative for Support and Training. Their mission is to provide treatment, counseling and career path assistance to boxers who lack the education and resources to make the transition from the ring to a more self-sustaining life. F.I.S.T. was founded in 1998 by Gerry Cooney who, along with other boxing legends such as Jake “Raging Bull” LaMotta, Carlos Ortiz, and famed boxing referee Arthur Mercante, World Class boxing trainer and TV commentator Teddy Atlas and former Congressman Rick Lazio, was present at the event.

This year’s gala, which will take place at the New York Hilton October 14th, the first in New York City, will draw both professional boxers and important members of the business community, together for an evening of fun and excitement. More than 1000 guests are expected from the worlds of sports, entertainment, politics and professional boxing. For information call: 1-888-765-3478.

John Oden and Gerry Cooney
Carlos Ortiz and Jake LaMotta
Teddy Atlas and Yuri Foreman
The Amazing Kreskin and Gerry Cooney

A private screening of Enduring Love
Daniel Craig, David Dinerstein, Roger Michell, and Rhys Ifans
Gay Talese
F. Murray Abraham
Daniel Craig, Rhys Ifans, Roger Mitchell and Kevin Loader hosted a private screening of “Enduring Love,” starring Craig and Ifans and directed by Mr. Mitchell and produced by Mr. Loader, with screenplay by Joe Penhall, from the novel by Ian McEwan.

Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig
In attendance: F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban. Gregg Bello, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Bartle Bull, David Dinerstein (Co-President Paramount Classics), Celeste Holm, Ellen Levine, Frank McCourt, Joe Penhall, Ed Pressman, Lynn Redgrave, Stephen Schiff, George Stevens, Jr., Alexandra Styron, Gay Talese, Ruth Vitale (Co-President Paramount Classics), Rachel Weisz, and Michael Weller.

After the screening at the MGM Screening Room, guests adjourned to the Hotel Plaza Athenee at 37 East 64th Street for dinner.
Ruth Vitale and Lynn Redgrave

Frank and Ellen McCourt

Gregg Bello and Ed Pressman

Photographs by Dave Allocca/Starpix

Gustavo Arango's Spring 2005 Collection

A Golden Summer Evening Fashion Show & Post-Show Supper was held by designer Gustavo Arango for his Spring 2005 Collection. The front row saw TV’s Rescue Me star, Andrea Roth, Sharon Bush, Tina Louise, Somers Farkas, Dayssi Olarte, CeCe Cord, Debbie Bancroft, Elsa Klench, Maggie Norris, Susan Shin and Georgia Kaufmann.

Aniet Bain and Kelichi Odu

Afterwards the VIPs headed downtown to the Taj restaurant to enjoy a special dinner celebration in honor of Gustavo. With its Indian inspired interior, dark hanging lamps, plush lounging areas and sophisticated menu of Indian fusion fare, Taj was a perfect compliment to a crowd that included Andrea Roth, the Wire’s JD Williams, CeCe and Elisabeth Keiselstein-Cord, Mesdames Bush, Farkas, Olarte de Kanavos, Debbie Bancroft, Maggie Norris, Alvin Valley, Martin Mark, Colette, Fabian Basabe, Susan Shin, Nick Raynes, Mona Whytt, F. Warington Gillet, Susan Brook and ABC Sports Anchor Marvel Scott.

Arango launched his first Signature 2004 Collection during Fashion Week. The Columbian-born, Puerto Rico-based designer was immediately successful, embraced by Saks Fifth Avenue and a roster of leading designer specialty shops. At the onset of his career, the talented FIT graduate was appointed assistant fashion designer for Pierre Balmain. In 1993, he introduced his bridge sportswear collection sold at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s. His intricate tailoring skills caught the eye of Bill Blass and in 2000 he began designing an exclusive suit collection for that label. Arango opened his Atelier and flagship boutique in San Juan in 2001. Poised to launch his Signature Collection that same year, the events of September 11 destroyed his New York workshop. Never deterred, the Gustavo Arango 2005 Spring/Summer Collection continues to fulfill his vision.

L. to r.: Michele Gerber Klein; J Cheng and Maggie Norris; Cece Cord.
Tina Louise with a friend
Rachel Sheedy and friend
Manny Gonzalez and Gustavo Arango
Susan Sidor, Martin Marks, and friend
Bill Goodman and Christine Schott
Maggie Norris and Somers Farkas
Roger Webster and Colette
L. to r.: Sharon Bush and Georgia Kaufmann; Analise Peterson and Susan Shin with a friend; Fabian Basabe and Analise Peterson.
Christian McPherson and friends
Models on the Runway
Somers Farkas, Gustavo, Debbie Bancroft, and Andrea Roth
Christine Schott and Sharon Bush
Andrew Black
Alvin Valley, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, and Gustavo Arango

Photographs by Andrew H. Walker/PMc


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