The late Carrie Donovan, the flamboyant fashion editör of the Neıv York Times Magazine and, later, a spokeswoman for Old Navy, had a reputation for accepting some pricy baubles from her friends over Carrie Donovan’s cuffs, induding some from Chanel the years. Some of those standbys have been selected by the curators of Doyle New %rk for an auction on May 22.
Photographs and letters from celebrities, including Liza Minnelli, Nancy Reagan and Halston, as well as two ink caricatures of Donovan by Al Hirshfeld, valued from $1,000 to $1,500 apiece, are among the trove. But the real treasures were found in Donovan’s collection of accessories and costume jewelry, featuring what the auction house’s appraiser calls “impressive, oversize Chanel runway cuffs encrusted with faux pearls,” which were a gift from Kari Lagerfeld following one of his shows.
That should be of interest to her former employers, con sidering the mini scandal that broke a decade ago when Donovan was forced to retum some gems to the designer after Vanity Fair revealed that she had violated the Times no gifts policy.