The 52-year-old Merchants Club for the City of Hope is getting ready to present its Second Annual Fashion Achievement Award. And the winner is: colorful and exciting Bob Mackie. (Jean Louis received the first award for individual achievement.) Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton "Dallas' " Linda Gray, honorary chairwoman for the Regal Ball, will make the presentation. And the evening's finale will be a Mackie extravaganza entitled "Around the World" featuring fashion highlights from his television, film and ready-to-wear career. Designer Edith Flagg, a longtime Merchants Club member and president of Edith Flagg Inc., is executive producer for the show. Helene Eisenberg, the club's first woman president, and her husband Stanley are co-chairing the event. Sandy Gelman is Merchants Club president.
The evening will also introduce yet another designer fragrance, Mackie's own. Quarter-ounce bottles of the perfume will be table favors for women guests.
Mackie has his own group of fans and some of them will be at the Regal Ball to applaud the designer. Among those he has invited are Ann-Margret, Larry Hagman, Carol Burnett, Cyd Charisse and Tony Martin and Mitzi Gaynor.
The Social Scramble: Father James Loughran, Loyola Marymount University president, has finally found the right man to be vice president for university relations. He's Father Loughran's fellow Jesuit, the Rev. Charles Gagan, who served as principal of Loyola High School from 1972 to 1980. The appointment will be celebrated next month at a party hosted by Mr. and Mrs. James Nally at the Valley Hunt Club. Cardinal Timothy Manning is expected along with Father Loughran, the Thomas McCarthys, Jean and Richard Archer, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Dailey, Maude and Richard Ferry, Ceilia and Dr. J. Mike Terres and more.