LILLY PAD: Lilly Pulitzer and Bloomingdale's brought a little slice of Broadway to the retailer's 59th Street flagship Thursday evening. The two companies, in partnership with the producers of "Legally Blonde, the Musical," threw a cocktail party featuring two of the show's stars, Laura Bell Bundy and Christian Borle (both appropriately clad in Pulitzer apparel). The duo sang "Take It Like a Man," from the new show's finale, in the retailer's New View department, and signed autographs as shoppers perused the first shipment of Pulitzer's summer collection. Among the most popular offerings: a $298 little black dress produced especially for Bloomingdale's — a version of Pulitzer's existing cotton eyelet Billie sundress.
WALL STREET SHUFFLE: Time is of the essence in the financial district, but it never hurts to tell it in style. In celebration of the opening of its Wall Street store on June 21, Hermès will introduce a limited edition of 10 Cape Cod 1928 watches in rose gold with a havane crocodile strap. The watch costs $25,000. "Our watch business continues to grow very nicely. It's moving into a higher scale, more sophisticated movements and also in terms of higher value," said Robert Chavez, president and chief executive officer of Hermès USA. "Wall Street is one of those great opportunities. The financial district is almost like a city unto itself. We're going to have the opportunities for clients who don't typically go uptown." Chavez said the firm was looking to open additional stores in the U.S. A store in Bergen County, N.J., will open in November and he is looking at Denver; Scottsdale, Ariz., and San Diego. The new watch surely will strike a chord with Wall Streeters — each comes with a crocodile humidor, perfect for storing those post-deal stogies.