“They have a lot of money, but they let architects do what they want. They don’t have zoning laws,” she said before Nicole Miller’s show. “Here, buildings have to be 10 stories high and the neighbor has to have natural light. You really have your vision created there.”
The businesswoman said she is proud of her daughter, Ivanka, and not just due to her budding jewelry line. As for offering any business advice, Trump said: “I had her trademark her name 20 years ago. I gave it to her, so I wanted to make sure it was protected.”
Meanwhile, William Ivey Long was delighted to see Jane Krakowski of “30 Rock,” whom he affectionately referred to as “one of his children.” But they weren’t the only members of the Broadway brigade pulling for Miller. Christine Ebersole watched from the wings.
BLASS BLAST: Robert D’Loren, chief executive officer of NexCen Brands Inc., which owns the Bill Blass brand, said at the Blass presentation event Thursday that he’s been busy logging miles from store to store talking to everyone and anyone regarding Blass. On the agenda are new Blass licensees for handbags and accessories, as well as a Blass men’s line, all of which are expected to come to fruition in 90 days, D’Loren said. Arnold Simon, who has the Blass denim license, also is keeping a hectic schedule: He’s gearing up to launch his Members Only label, which is set to hit high-end specialty stores such as Fred Segal and Scoop in fall 2008. According to Simon, the label will feature both men’s and women’s offerings, with outerwear starting at $300.
OHHHMMMM: Fashion week is far from relaxing for most retail buyers. Not so for the folks from Saks Fifth Avenue. Midday Wednesday, the entire accessories team began a pilgrimage from the tents to the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York. A three-hour session, called The Power of the Positive Question, provided a reflective calm, but, according to fashion director of accessories Beth Kante, the biggest question on everybody’s mind was what outfit could take the crew from runway to relaxation and back again.