Thursday, October 04, 2007

Gai xinh - Beauty girl 13

Kempner's signature style, finely tailored menswear-inspired pieces, was also a hallmark of Yves Saint Laurent

and her closet was flooded with garments from the fashion house. An Yves Saint Laurent camel cashmere and sable trim coat went for $3,000.

Cathy Elkies, Christie's director of iconic collections, said that when she first went to inventory the wardrobe, she was amazed at the sheer quantity of clothes — with some garments even hanging from the shower rod in the bathroom.

Among other garments in Kempner's collection were a lilac cashmere sweater dress and coordinating caramel suede jacket with purple mink lining by Michael Kors from 2004.

But Kempner also had a playful side. She loved Levi jeans which Christie's paired with a short jacket covered in chartreuse rabbit-fur applique.

The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum had the first selection of pieces after Kempner's death, followed by Christie's and then Sloane-Kettering for its own sale and the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

The auction ended Tuesday. All prices include the auction house's commission