Fashion Follies, 1992 2

It goes on:

The Fashion Group, an international organization of 6,000 women who are executives in the fashion business, decided it would celebrate its ninth Night of Stars with a variety show, sort of haute vaudeville. It seemed like a swell idea. The Night of Stars is usually a black-tie dinner at which awards are distributed to designers or journalists. This night, the group decided, would be different.

It was. The evening began with a dinner for 600 at the Supper Club in the Edison Hotel, where those who had bought a ticket for $1,000 dined on veal chops with risotto and heard tributes to Leo Lerman, the cultural eminence grise of Conde Nast publications since 1948. Mr. Lerman was honored for his lifelong contribution to fashion, theater “and all the arts,” according to the program. […]

The performance opened with 50 men and women in black tail coats and red AIDS ribbons singing their hearts out. In real life, they were sales people, cutters, pattern makers and other workers in the garment business.

Then came Gregory Hines wearing an Armani suit; he took the jacket off so he wouldn’t sweat into it when he tap danced. He was followed by Stan Herman, the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, singing “Johnny One-Note.” Mario Buatta, the interior designer, and a supporting cast of dogs wearing “canine couture,” brought the house down.

While Victor Costa, the designer who sang “The Most Beauiful Girl in the World,” might be able to pass for a professional performer, most of the fashion people who sang, danced and told jokes couldn’t begin to compete with Lily Tomlin, Neil Sedaka, Julie Wilson and Imogene Coca, all of whom entertained. […] NYT, 11.11.92