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Couture Council Summer Party
The Boathouse
Central Park
August 17, 2011

Written by Wendy R. Williams

Opposite Photo:
Tiffany Koury
Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann
Patrick McMullan


Every year The Couture Council of The Fashion Institute of Technology "breaks a bottle of champagne" over the bow of Fall Fashion Week with the Couture Council Award for Artistry in Fashion Luncheon. The 2011 nominee is the incomparable Valentino who will be honored on September 7, 2011 at a benefit luncheon at David K Koch Theatre in Lincoln Center. Past Council awardees were Karl Lagerfeld (2010), Dries Van Noten (2009), Isabel Toledo (2008), Alber Ebaz (2007) and Ralph Rucci (2006).

In honor of and to promote the upcoming festivities, the Council hosts an annual summer party. This year the party was held at Central Parks's Boathouse on Wednesday, August 17, 2011. The Boathouse was a charming setting for the riotous fashions sported by the celebrants. There were nature's flowers outside and fashion flowers inside, all dramatically lit by the shadowy light of dusk in Central Park.

The guests were a mixture of uptown and downtown fashion lovers/divas and no one came "straight from work" to attend the event. The Couture Council celebrates fashion as art and so did the guests, who worked the room modeling their personal fashion "calling cards." And there were hats, lots of hats - not quite enough to be English, but getting there.

Liz Peek addressed the crowd to drum up excitement for September's luncheon. The room was so full and the partygoers having so much fun ("I love it," "Where did you get that?" and a bit of "Really, you don't say"), Ms. Peek had to address the group twice in order to be heard, once from each end of the long room.

The party's host committee included: Anne Goldrach, Michelle Violy Harper, Yaz Hernandez, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Michele Gerber Klein, Alexandra Lebanthal, Kamie Lightburn, Doris P. Meister, Liz Peek, Jean Shafiroff, Sarah Wolfe and the Director of the Museum at FIT, Dr. Valerie Steele.

Many fashion designers took a break from their preparations for their fall collections to attend including: Zac Posen, Thakoon Panichgul, Maria Cornejo, Stan Herman, Eric Javitz, Gemma Khang, Tiffany Koury, Raul Melgoza (Luca Luca), Maggie Norris, Devon Scott, Steven Stolman and Patricia Underwood.

Other guests include: Glenda Bailey, Geoffrey Bradfield, Malik So Chic, Alva Chinn, Cece Cord, Jennifer Coleman Creel, Carmen D'Alessio, Louise and Terry Doktor, Patricia Field, Mai Hallingby, Cathy Hardwick, Maria Cooper Janis, Eleanora Kennedy, Willa Kim, Carson Kressley, Chloe Malle, Alex McCord (New York Housewives), Chris Nirschel (Food Network), Marjorie Reed-Gordon, Jacqueline Weld, Bill Cunningham and Sarah Wolfe.

The 2011 luncheon chairs are Anne H Bass, Charlotte Moss, Diane von Furstenberg and The Honorable Daphne Guinness. Guinness's personal couture collection (with many masterpieces by Valentino) will be exhibited at The Museum at Fit in September 2011.

To purchase luncheon tickets, contact Vicki Guranowski at 212 217 4105, fax 212 594 9206 or email Victoria_Guaranowski@fitnyc.edu.

For more information about The Museum at FIT, log onto fitnyc.edu/3662.asp.

Anne Koch
Photo Credit: Wendy R. Williams

Rosemary Ponzo
Photo Credit: Wendy R. Williams
Chiu-Ti Jansen
Photo Credit: Wendy R. Williams
Tia Walker
Photo Credit Wendy R. Williams
Maggie Norris and Sharon Bush
Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann
Patrick McMullan

Alexandra Lebenthal
Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann
Patrick McMullan
Charlotte Moss
Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann
Patrick McMullan

Chris Nirschel
Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann
Patrick McMullan
Eric Javits
Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann
Patrick McMullan

Gemma Khang
Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann
Patrick McMullan
Wei Brian and Chiu-Ti Jansen
Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann
Patrick McMullan

Whitney Wolfe and Sarah Wolfe
Photo Credit: Owen Hoffmann
Patrick McMullan


Dr. Valerie Steele of The Museum at FIT and Panichgul Thakoon
Photo Courtesy of the Couture Council


Carson Kressley and Devon Scott
Photo Courtesy of the Couture Council


The Hats
Photo Credit: Wendy R. Williams

Patricia Field and Friend
Photo Credit: Wendy R. Williams


Atmosphere
Photo Credit: Wendy R. Williams

 

 

 




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