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August 30 2014

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Jason Wu Remembers His Carefree Days

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Carolina Herrera, Peter Som, Olivia Chantecaille, and 600 other dinner guests did their part for New York fashion last night, at a Fashion Institute of Technology benefit at Cipriani honoring Saks CEO Stephen Sadove. Acknowledging that the industry keeps 175,000 or so of his constituents employed, Mayor Bloomberg presented the award and at least one trademark quip: “This is an evening I like to call Saks in the City.” These are tough times for retailers, but Sadove took it a step further at the podium. “We’re in an environment where it’s chic to bash luxury,” he said. No doubt the $700,000 the event raised for scholarships and student services will help Michael Kors and Calvin Klein’s alma mater continue to inject talent into the industry. But all the talk about money made recent Parsons grad Jason Wu, for one, a wee bit nostalgic for his student years. “I could just design something and not have to worry about it—not have to market it, sell it, just create,” he sighed. “Carefree days.”

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