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Neiman Marcus unveils fall trends

The good folks at Neiman Marcus Somerset hosted an intimate gathering for their BFF’s (Best Fashionista Friends) on Wednesday to share a sneak peek at the hottest women’s and men’s fashion trends for Fall 2015. Guests sipped raspberry limoncello cocktails and nibbled on couture canapés catered by chef Russell Bronson and his team from the NM Cafe. Ken Dewey, NM style adviser, crafted a fabulous presentation showcasing such top fall trends as folklorica, winter whites, capes and ponchos, and modern fur. Even the famously vegan designer Stella McCartney joined in on the hairy trend with a faux fur, puff-embellished shift dress and duster — tres chic.

Patti Smith to read in Ann Arbor

Poet/musician Patti Smith will appear Oct. 12 at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor to read from her much-anticipated new memoir, “M Train,” which will deal with her years living in Southeast Michigan, when she was married to Fred “Sonic” Smith of the MC5. The book is out Oct. 6, published by Knopf, and Patti called it “a road map to my life,” as it’s set up in different stations in which she writes about important moments and places in her life, both literal and figurative. Patti’s previous memoir, “Just Kids,” won the National Book Award in 2010. Tickets for “An Evening With Patti Smith” are $35 and $24.50, and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, and will be available at Nicola’s Books and all Ticketmaster locations. All tickets will include a hardcover copy of “M Train.”

Fundraiser seeks sleepy CEOs

Some 80 area business leaders, including automotive icon Bob Lutz and EWI Worldwide CEO Dominic Silvio, attended the Covenant House Michigan 2015 Executive Sleep Out Kickoff luncheon last week to learn more about the second annual event, which takes place on Nov. 19. Last year, nearly 50 executives braved the elements and slept out in the cold to raise about $210,000 in support of the organization.

“But that’s only the tip of the iceberg,” said Sam Slaughter, Detroit Auto Dealers Association president and Sellers Automotive owner. Slaughter threw down the gauntlet to every Michigan CEO and leader, challenging them to join in and sleep out for Detroit-area homeless youth. “We want to see our committed ‘sleepers’ double,” said Slaughter. “We must have at least 100 sleepers and $500,000 raised at the Sleep Out this year to help these kids in need.” Other attendees of the luncheon included 2014 Sleep Out alumni Jacqueline Wilson, Wayne State University’s first lady, as well as Conrad Mallett, Detroit Medical Center chief administrative officer. To participate, sleepers are asked to raise a minimum of $5,000. Preregistration is now open at thesleepout.org.

Tune in alert

You can get a glimpse of Detroit’s talented Mosaic Singers youth choir on the program “Alfio in Concert,” airing at 8 p.m. Saturday on Detroit Public Television. It’s the Italian-Australian tenor’s first U.S. public TV appearance, taped in May 2015 at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in Michigan. DPTV will present the special nationally later this month.

swhitall@detroitnews.com

chuckbennett@hotmail.com

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