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Henri Bendel 100th Birthday Bash
Brown and White Ball
Highline Ballroom
September 11, 2007

Written by Tara Mikhail
Photographed by Yosra El-Essawy

Henri Bendel has been a beacon to fashion since it first debuted on the New York’s Fifth Avenue fashion mile. One hundred fabulous years later and at the height of New York’s fashion week, Bendels celebrated the birthday of their brown and white striped logo with a Birthday Bash at Manhattan's Highline Ballroom.

According to Bendel's President Ed Bucciarelli: “When Henri Bendel created the brown and white stripe in 1907, he was ahead of his time with regards to brand identity. In homage to Mr. Bendel’s innovation, we invited some of our favorite designers to reinterpret our iconic stripe in both limited edition and one of a kind product. They had carte blanche and the results are fun, feminine, and fabulous, in short what every Bendel’s girl wants.” Many of these fashions were up for grabs in a silent auction auction at the ball, the lists filled up and the prices escalated because everyone was eager to own a piece of the brown and white history.

Highline Ballroom was filled with devoted Bendel's fans including Kanye West and his designer fiancée Alexis Phifer (whose designs were up for grabs in the silent auction), R&B and pop singers Mya and JoJo, 30 Rock’s Lonny Ross, designers Loris Diran and Farah Angsana, Christo of Christo Fifth Avenue and Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen were all on hand to celebrate the birthday of a truly hip and fashionable establishment.

The Scene

The Scene

Alison Becker, VJ on VH1 Christo of Christo Fifth Avenue
Taylor Momsen of Gossip Girl Mya
Shail Upadhya Fashion Designer Alexis Phifer of Ghita
Bendel's President Ed Bucciarelli Fashion Designers Kate Walsh &
Fiamma Poltock of Poltock & Walsh

Fashion Designer Farah Angsana Lonny Ross of 30 Rock
Fashion Designer Loris Diran (R) Fashion Photographer Mark Seliger (R)

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