Tina Craig, a high-profile blogger, made a beeline for Norma Kamali on Tuesday night, warmly clasping her hand as she told the designer: “I wanted to show you this dress. I just wore it in Hawaii.”
She had placed her own stamp on Ms. Kamali’s wrap-and-tie jersey, twisting and tweaking it to suit her shape. “I’ve been buying Kamali since my teens,” Ms. Craig, 47, said.
She was one in a crowd of Kamali enthusiasts, women of varying ages and shapes, draped from shoulder to shinbone in the designer’s golden oldies. Showing off Ms. Kamali’s much-mythologized sleeping bag coats, ruched parachute dresses or fringed-and-feathered evening clothes, they had gathered at What Goes Around Comes Around, the fancy secondhand shop on West Broadway in SoHo, to commemorate the designer’s half-century in business.
Ms. Kamali, 72, took the commotion around her in stride. She is still selling vintage items on her website, but thought she’d exhausted the lot when she stumbled on a cache of some 70 pieces, many dating from the ’70s, in some long forgotten bins.
She turned them over promptly to Seth Weisser and Gerard Maione, the founders and owners What Goes Around Comes Around, who will be selling the pieces, which they’ve called “vintage for the future,” at nosebleed prices in coming weeks. Prices range from $750 to $7,500, with most falling between $750 and $3,500.