The Fashion Icons Come Out for Fern Mallis

by Eddie Roche
Fern Mallis

“I’m verklempt!” Fern Mallis told us last night on the 3rd floor of Saks Fifth Avenue as she signed copies of her new book Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis. Many of the very icons featured in the book came out to toast her tome, including Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, John Varvatos, Bill Cunningham, and Calvin Klein. The book, officially out last week, includes the creator of New York Fashion Week’s conversations at New York’s prestigious 92nd Street Y with the 19 of the biggest names in fashion, such as Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, and Bruce Weber. To celebrate, Saks has dedicated 16 of their windows to Mallis and many of the designers featured in the book. “16 windows for me? That’s unbelievable! I drove past them last night on the way home from the country and I just smiled,” Mallis told us. “I couldn’t believe it. We went by again today when we were in a car. I’ll be by a few more times!”

Dropping by Saks was Mallis’ large and legendary fan club dropped by Saks for the occasion, including Peter Copping, Tyson Beckford, Robert Verdi, Martha Stewart, Francisco Costa, Stan Herman, Steven Kolb, Timo Weiland, Patti Cohen, Aliza Licht, Nanette Lepore, Bibhu Mohapatra, Ann Caruso, Sela Ward, Teri Agins, and the evening’s host, Saks’ new president Marc Metrick. “It’s beyond overwhelming,” an emotional Mallis said of the crowd. “The turnout has been spectacular tonight. I’m so proud of the book. It’s now in the Library of Congress! I never thought I’d respond emotionally to this.”

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