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Lauren Bush on the blue Vespa.
Photo by Patrick McMullan

Back Home In Time
for Escada Show

By Roger Webster

AUREN BUSH, the beautiful seventeen-year-old niece of the President and granddaughter of former President George Bush, has returned to the good old USA after backpacking with pals through Italy just like many girls who are heading for college this fall.

At the West Side Club, Peter Laitmon of Vespa of Greater New York presented Lauren with a brand new Vespa, on which to scoot around campus. She loved the blue color, but requested that it be painted orange (Princeton’s colors are orange and black).

Carl Barbato, Mona Esphahani,
Brian Rennie, and Escada
presidents Caryn Lerner and
Lawrence DeParis.
Photo by Patrick McMullan

Next, she zipped over to meet with Escada design director Brian Rennie, who had himself just flown in from Europe to host a fashion event that evening.

She fell in love with a short, light pink, sequined dress with floral embroidery. She also picked out a short black strapless cocktail number with gold lace overlay to wear later to the party.

It was a glamorous evening at Escada’s three-level boutique on Fifth Avenue. The President/CMO Caryn Lerner, president/COO Lawrence C. DeParis and PR director Laura Henson joined Rennie in greeting such guests as Jane Seymour, Tinsley Mortimer in a vintage black and white minidress from the late '80s, Grace Hightower, Muffie Potter Aston, Eleanor Lembo in a black cap sleeve dress with jet beaded detail, Elizabeth Keiselstein Cord, K*19 The Widwomaker hunk James Ginty, Tina Louise, NBC’s Jane Hanson, Sale Johnson, Hartley du Pont, Andrea and Ashley Stark, Alexandra Kotur, CJ Satterwhite and Amy Rosi.

Lauren Bush and James Ginty
Photo by DMI

They all enjoyed cocktails and dinner by DM Cuisine and the decor by Antony Todd. 

The highlight was an exclusive Fall/Winter fashion presentation, Escada’s first runway show in New York since 2000. It featured the return to glamour from curvaceous tailoring to sporty weekend separates. There were three main themes: 

Edwardian Dandy: black morning coats worn with crisp white shirts and sleekly tailored pants, playing on the sexiness of an androgynous look spun off with jet embroidered blouses and frilled silk tops.

Jane Seymour and Amy Rosi
Photo by DMI

Haute Bohemia: patchworks, suede and hippie-inspired prints coming together with layers of lace and tulle worn with eccentric dyed fur coats and a Latin American spirit shown by extra long and lean pants featuring sexy laces on the seams and softly frilled cuffs and hem lines.

Aspen Weekend: glamorous sportswear with superluxe fabrics and intricate details like patchworks of camel ponyskin and chunky knit crochets worked into coats and A-line skirts, finished with whip-stitched seams for a handcrafted feel and worn with simple neutral cashmere tank tops or turtlenecks and boot-cut denim jeans, sleek tan leather pants, full-length lambskin coats and chunky fur collars.

Muffie Potter Aston with Andrea &
Ashley Stark

Photo by Patrick McMullan

One can almost visualize Miss Bush scooting on her orange Vespa to a Princeton football tournament, with her bohemian fur, tulle and lace whirling around behind her, shouting, “Win, you Tigers! Well, almost.

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