Thursday, August 30, 2007

Bendel's Fetes Itself

Neiman Marcus isn't the only store celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Henri Bendel, too, is turning 100 this year and to mark the occasion, it has commissioned a roster of designers including Anna Sui, Alice + Olivia (at right), Peter Som, Matthew Williamson, Josh Goot, Poltock and Walsh, Ghita, Pollini by Rifat Ozbeck, Elise Overland, Nili Lotan and Hamish Morrow to create one of a kind brown and white wares, inspired by Bendel's signature stripes.
The designs will be auctioned off at a Brown & White Ball, at the Highline Ballroom on Sept. 11 with proceeds benefitting Keep A Child Alive, an organization that provides care and treatment to children in Africa affected by AIDS.
Limited edition pieces including Diane von Furstenberg's cashmere wrap dress for $648, L.A.M.B's striped hoodie for $235, Phi's printed tank for $495, J Brand's skinny jeans with striped pocket and waistband lining for $188, Milly's strapless dress with striped lining and pink sash for $498 and Tibi's leopard minidress for $368 will also be sold exclusively at the store beginning next week and running through the end of October. MAC caught the brown & white fever too creating a Lipglass called "Bendel Girl" and lipstick named "Love, Henri," packaged in signature brown-and-white striped boxes.