Catherine Saxton
Photos by Patrick McMullen

[ Chie Imai ] [ As Parker ] [ Dress for Success ]

Rebecca Weinberg and
Tinsley Mortimer

Carol Alt and Janice Combs

Fur Flies

HIE IMAI invited all her nearest and dearest to the St. Regis Roof in a celebration of fur and the Central Park Conservancy.  Chie is one of Japan's foremost fur designers, and has a legion of loyal wearers here in New York.

The St. Regis Roof, site of so many glamorous celebrity events, was decked out with vignettes of typical New York scenes, where everyone could go and shop to their hearts content.

Chie featured her famous Mosaic design on the elegant, luxurious and fun furs.  The skill and art of her fashions are breathtaking, and her show was so oversubscribed when the first invitations went out, she had to do an encore!

Among the front row were fashion supermodel Carol Alt, P.Diddy's equally famous mom, Janice Combs, Wall Street's Elaine Sargent, the Social Register's Tinsely Mortimer on and on to 1,000 others! 

A portion of all sales went to benefit the Central Park Conservancy, one of every New Yorker's favorite charities. If you're looking for the unusual but outrageously glamorous fur, visit Chie on East 59th Street. You'll be a very happy camper.


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Stephanie Linde of Gotcha Girls

Anne Jones and Andrew Parker

Jay McInerney and Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker, Jocelyn Wildenstein,
Lloyd Klein and Beverly Parker

What's "In Store?"

T’S been celebrities and VIPs every day and every night for the past two weeks at Andrew Parker's eponymous store As Parker on Madison and 77th Street on the Upper East Side.  This elegant men's haberdashery combines the best of European taste and style with American know-how and verve.  A newer women's center adds color and sophistication to this private label store.

On the scene with Andrew and his partner, Mom Beverly Parker, were talented DJ Samantha Ronson and writer Mom Ann Dexter Jones, the incomparable writer Jay McInerney, Catherine Forbes of Forbes Magazine.

New hotshot video producer Stephanie Linde was talking about her Gotcha Girls. The Waldorf-Astoria's John Doherty was inviting everyone to his private, exclusive Chef's Kitchen dinners. French designer Lloyd Klein and society's Jocelyn Wildenstein breezed through, along with Mr. Broadway and his wife, Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley.

All the guests and celebrities were trying on furs, wraps, cashmeres and faux fashions.  It's a great place to party, a fabulous place to shop, combining both is wonderful.


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Patti LaBelle

Reaching The Heavens
While Dressing For Success

T WAS in the New York Athletic Club, once a male-only WASP bastion of all that was "proper" in this world, that a chorus of Amens hailed the heavens and a rollicking time was had by all at the Dress For Success luncheon, led by CEO Joi Gordon.

Marilyn Crawford stirred this fabulous pot, putting the great diva Patti LaBelle as headliner for this annual fundraiser.  It was created to solicit brand new and gently used suits from wealthy working women, to be given to women who were on the path to success but needed a wardrobe boost to help the process.

It is now a global organization. Given the enormous pride and dignity of the women members of Dress For Success who are helped by the group, everyone involved in its success can take great pride.

Lorraine Bracco was on hand for the rejoicing, but Patti stole the show.  First she couldn't stop crying from the wondrous tale of success offered by Yoldanda Morales who inspired all.  Patti spoke of her humble beginnings with the La Belles and on to her rich diva lifestyle.  But the journey was through the death of her mother and three sisters to diabetes and breast cancer.

It ended with a special request of Over The Rainbow to cheers, shouts and bravos for this fabulous Woman Of The Year (and a lifetime too, I think).  Get involved at

Catherine Saxton has been a part of the New York social and celebrity scene for
the past 25 years. She has worked with Presidents, Kings and Princes,
plus celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly,
Donald & Ivana Trump, Madonna, and on, and on.

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