OSCAR COMES TO TOWN: “All First Ladies start in something else, but they always end up in Oscar,” said Jane Lipton Cafritz, chairman of the Washington National Opera’s Board of Trustees, reflecting on the sartorial mark Oscar de la Renta has left on the East Wing of the White House. De la Renta flew in for a trunk show and fashion presentation at the Neiman Marcus store in Mazza Gallerie in Washington on Thursday and the recession was but a vague memory in the minds of the women swarming over his fall collection. But the economy was on the mind of de la Renta, who has seen business pick up in New York and even the Washington metropolitan area, but remain soft in California and difficult in Europe. “Our business in Europe is suffering a lot,” de la Renta said. “We were actually going to open a store in London, but we decided to wait. It is a big investment and real estate in England is very expensive.” So de la Renta has turned his focus to other regions in the world, including the Middle East, where he opened a store in Dubai a few months ago and is on plan to open at least two more in the region this year.
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