2000-09-30 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

It was a frenzied fashion week in New York. Hustle and bustle everywhere. Among the big events, outside the Bryant Park tent (Fashions on sixth), were the opening of the Hermes store on 62 and Fifth avenue where thousands of regular and potential customers gathered to enjoy the festivities. What a spectacular show it was! Champagne, open bar, and hors d’oeuvres on every floor. Outside, 62 street was barricaded and blocked off for the fantastic fan fare. The band, in red and black costumes, similar to wooden soldiers rose up from the floor while look-a-like models in beautiful gowns glided around a huge ramp of what appeared to be a moving walkway. Each model held high above them different, large, colorful Hermes scarves. It was quite impressive. There were also more open bars and a buffet of veal, lamb and the most delicious squash I have ever tasted. This was one evening I was glad I did not miss. The store on 62 and Madison is gorgeous and it is filled with exclusive, unique items, many in leather such as coats and precious antique, adorable handbags… all for large amounts of precious money.

The top colors for the season are beige and gold. Shoes are strapped and toeless. Stockings have been out throughout the summer and now even into fall. However, with the cooler weather coming upon us, hose I’m sure will have a come back. Boots are big this year and black in New York is always in even though brown has taken its place the past few years and is still featured. More formal wear is seen around town and the Alice Roi fashions for summer simply wonderful. Her clothes are mostly blouson, long waisted with short, shorts and tiny pleated skirts for the summer season. The tops attractively hide any bulges around the middle. Believe me, you will love them.

I learned all about the benefits of chocolate at the China Club and had my picture taken with the famous chef, Jacques Torres, who was chef at Le Cirque for over ten years. He is now going into business as a chocolate manufacturer. He prepared and demonstrated the most heavenly dessert with berries, light flaky crust, and chocolate of course. The PHD doctors all gave a scientific talk on the flavonoids found in chocolate that is so good and healthy for us. Chocolate, if you didn’t know, prevents heart attacks and strokes by removing the stickiness along the arteries where plaque accumulates. So go ahead and eat a piece of chocolate a day. And don’t feel guilty about it eat dark or milk chocolate (preferably Mars Dove, sponsor of this press event). White chocolate contains no nutrients so stay away from that. Those of you who are chocoholics now know there are health benefits derived from your passion. Just don’t over indulge.

Duke Pierce celebrated his 42 birthday on Sunday, September 23 at a brunch at Kennedy’s with his wife, Fran; two children, Nicole 12 and Daniel 4; his mom and dad, Kathy and George Pierce; his sister, Tracey and husband, Rob who have two children, Justin, a sophomore at Colgate college and Eric, a junior at Kingsboro High School. Congratulations Duke. Hope you had a happy day. Many, many more to follow.

There were other big doings on Sunday…one of our residents, a New York Yankee. Brian McNamee, son of Eleanor and John McNamee brought some of his fellow Yankee players to Breezy Point for a baseball signing sale to raise money for children’s diabetes. (Brian’s little son has the disease). It was a big success and this event along with a car raffle this summer helped to raise a nice charitable amount for the cause. Good work Brian. If you wish to donate to the cause give Brian a call.

Rockaway Artists Alliance is hosting a festival every weekend throughout the month of October in conjunction with Gateway National Park which will be held at the T-6 building at Fort Tilden, adjacent to the Rockaway Theatre. The festival will encompass a large scope of events from arts and sculpture to bird watching walks etc. Be sure to look for more information regarding these events in future columns.

What a wonderful tribute to Rockaway’s Gardening Angel Pat Brackley. Though I was personally invited to the Cronston avenue triangle dedication to Pat Brackley and would certainly have enjoyed being there, I just could not make it. However, that does not lessen my admiration for one of the most outstanding women of Rockaway who gave her time and talents to beautify our part of Rockaway as best she could. To continue Pat’s work in the community tickets for hand made quilts are being raffled off with proceeds to go to the beautification of Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor and Neponsit.

The Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth avenue, continues its tradition of programs that mingle performance and discussion with the a diverse array of contemporary music

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