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Colton and Bernard at their wedding at San Francisco City Hall in 2004.
After the double suicide last month of Harry Bernard and Roy Colton, two longtime San Francisco-based marketing consultants and headhunters, I heard whispers their deaths weren't as "operatic and romantic" as was initially portrayed, and there was a darker side to the couple.

I'd known Bernard and Colton for over 20 years and had frequently interviewed Bernard for stories. He gave insightful (although sometimes long-winded) quotes and always seemed to be knowledgeable about industry developments, whether or not he was working with the company in question. But in recent years, I would hear less and less from Bernard, who had suffered from a bout with cancer.

One of the controversial ads from 1995.
It was almost like déjà vu.

Calvin Klein had gotten itself into trouble again with its new steamy TV ads featuring Eva Mendes for its latest fragrance, Secret Obsession. The current brouhaha is that the American networks refused to accept the ads because they're too revealing in the bust area.

Personally, it was great to see Calvin pushing the envelope again because it reminded me of the good old days when a big Calvin Klein advertising controversy became page one news.

Oscar de la Renta
When I was asked to have lunch at Oscar de la Renta's Park Avenue apartment a few weeks back, I couldn't resist the offer. My colleague Bridget Foley and I had approached the designer for an interview to catch up on things going on at his company and once and for all to dispel or confirm rumors that his company was for sale (it's not). Oscar's son-in-law, Alex Bolen, who's chief executive officer of the firm, joined us for lunch. Oscar's wife, Annette, was home that afternoon and after saying a brief hello, excused herself to meet with her chiropractor, who was making a house call.

Which brings us to the apartment. Fabulous artwork adorned the walls of the opulent living room and scores of books lined the shelves. Oscar had several in help serving lunch, which consisted of a salad with sliced chicken, wine, and a fruit dessert. I'm sure it was all was very tasty, but we were busy taking notes, asking questions and making sure the tape recorder was working.

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