CFDA COOKBOOK: More than 100 designers volunteered their favorite recipes to be a part of an upcoming Council of Fashion Designers of America cookbook, scheduled to be released in September as the fourth book published by Assouline to benefit the CFDA. Martha Stewart is writing the forward, and Lisa Marsh is the book’s author, giving context to the designers’ choices “to bring these recipes to life for the reader,” Marsh said. For example, Marsh highlights that Zac Posen’s butterscotch cookie recipe was passed through his family for years, and that Carolina Herrera started eating pommes toupinel when she met her husband’s family. The designers’ choices range from comfort food (Cynthia Rowley turned in a recipe for mac & cheese, albeit with truffles) to cuisines reflecting their ethnic roots (Yigal Azrouël selected chicken tagine) to plain old overachieving (Francisco Costa turned in an entire menu, though only one recipe could be included). The designers also sketched illustrations of their food, creating a “hybrid artbook-cookbook,” said CFDA executive director Steven Kolb. He said the idea came from a one-of-a-kind clipbook of recipes donated by designers that CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg had bought at the original Seventh On Sale.
LINCOLN MEMORIAL: To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, Brooks Brothers has installed a display on the fifth floor of its Madison Avenue flagship. The centerpiece is a replica of the embroidered Great Coat, which Brooks made for his second inauguration, as well as a special mirror that it used to fit the 6-foot, 4-inch Lincoln when he visited the company’s Broadway and Grand Street store. The store is also displaying a series of letters from the 16th president that mention the coat.
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