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Donna Karan's tribute to Kal Ruttenstein

As Kal Ruttenstein's favorite silver sneakers stood empty on the stage at Carnegie Hall this morning, Donna Karan rose to offer a tribute to the late Bloomingdale's fashion director.  After the designer spoke movingly of Kal's dedication to young talent and his acts of friendship, she paused to remember his penchant for commissioning fashionable copies:

The one thing, though, that I really didn't understand is how he delivered the clothes that we did before our clothes.  He was really the best knockoff artist there was.  And I guess until I learn how to deliver on time, I'll have to connect to Kal.
And I suspect that somewhere Kal was listening to a great deal of applause, and laughter through tears.
Cesare Paciotti silver sneaker