Devi’s Special Night-------
Devi Kroell greeted fellow Fashion Funders Doo-Ri Chung, Erin Fetherston, and Monique Péan at a party celebrating her new store last night. Surrounded by displays of her signature snakeskin hobo bags and knee-high flat boots, she mentioned that she’s graduating to a full-on runway show in February after three seasons of presentations. And that wasn’t her only news. Contrary to reports that the demand for expensive exotic-skin bags has gone extinct , the designer said that business at 717 Madison and the boutique she opened in the Las Vegas Forum Shops last week is better than expected. “If it’s special enough, women are willing to buy.” As for special, the strapless sequin dress Kroell wore for the occasion is look number 2 from her Spring collection; it arrives at the end of January, but the store will happily add your name to the waiting list today.