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Friends, Colleagues Pay Tribute to Amsale Aberra at Spring Runway Show

Friends, colleagues, retailers and media turned out Friday afternoon for the Amsale spring 2019 fashion show and a special tribute to Amsale Aberra.
The founder, co-owner and creative director of the Amsale label died April 1 at age 64. Interest was such that two runways shows were planned at the Gramercy Hotel’s rooftop terrace. After seeing the spring offerings from the Nouvelle Amsale and Amsale collections, guests watched a video tribute.
Aberra’s husband Clarence O’Neill Brown, who is chief executive officer of the company, said of the turnout, “It’s so, so powerful. It’s such a heart-wrenching loss, which I don’t have to explain. But there has been such an outpouring of love, admiration and support that will energize all of us to be sure we do exactly what she would have wanted us to do.”
Aberra secured a succession plan, hiring Margo Lafontaine as design director of the company. Brown said many attendees had mentioned how Aberra “inspired them to join the bridal industry or another particular pursuit just by her encouragement, inventiveness or entrepreneurship.” And several shared with him “I-was-there-when” vignettes including Hedda Kleinfeld Schachter and two colleagues who recalled the designer’s first unsolicited visit to Kleinfeld, an effort that led to

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