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Resort is right around the corner, but that didn't deter a host of designers from finding reasons to raise a glass or two in New York last week.

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Carolina Herrera and one of her daughters, Patricia Lansing, hosted a tour, fashion show and pre-Mother's Day tea Thursday afternoon as part of American Express' By Invitation Only program for select Platinum and Centurion cardholders. Herrera even selected the watercress sandwiches with spearmint and the rest of the menu for the event. "It's a new group, new faces," Herrera said. Guests were given $500 gift certificates for purchases made Thursday, but Herrera said she was more interested in the personal connections than any financial transactions.

On 57th Street on Thursday night at Rizzoli's book store, Lee Radziwell welcomed other fashion fans to her signing for the rerelease of "One Special Summer," the journal-type book she and her sister, the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, handwrote to chronicle their trip to Europe in the summer of 1951.

But if Clinton drew laughs when introducing de la Renta on Monday, Diane von Furstenberg may have topped him a few days later at Pratt's annual fashion show Wednesday. Von Furstenberg had only kind words for close friend and Vogue editor at large André Leon Talley, who gave her the school's first Fashion Icon Award. Dressed in her own red, pink and indigo Empire dress, she began, "Almost every morning I leave a message for André and ask, 'Do you love me?' Tonight, I know he does."

The designer then went on to recall how early on in their careers they would sit at the Plaza Athénée in Paris, dressed to the nines, and draw attention from people wondering who they were.

"We would pretend that André was an African king," she said with a laugh. Although it might have made for an odd anecdote in an acceptance speech, von Furstenberg was actually building up the audience to the greatest quip of the night.

"If Oscar got his award from a president," she remarked," [then] I got mine from a king."
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