Allen Questrom's Ultimate Quest

Early this fall, on a warm September evening, the glitterati of the New York fashion world paid $1,000 each to toast themselves with champagne and caviar amid lush bouquets of dahlias and roses at the Armory ballroom on Manhattan's Lexington Avenue. The event--a black-tie dinner for retiring New York Times fashion reporter Bernadine Morris--overflowed with the likes of Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta. Lining the runway of the night's glamorous fashion show were some of the brightest lights in the retail firmament, from Bergdorf Goodman Inc.'s Dawn Mello to Chanel Inc.'s Arie L. Kopelman.

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