By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
Dylan Lauren was in town with Chocolate the Easter Bunny, in a timely visit to share post-Lent treats.
Dylan Lauren, founder of Dylan's Candy Bar was in town at Neiman Marcus, sharing Easter treats with fans who came to visit with her and Chocolate the bunny on March 23.
The daughter of designer Ralph Lauren grew up different and sensitive, so much so that while the other kids nibbled on chocolate bunny ears, legs and tails on Easter morning, she felt sorry for the bunnies and refused to eat them. Instead, she collected them to admire their beauty.
Well, we've all heard how resisting temptation pays off, and all those years about thinking different about candy resulted in big business.
And, she's living proof that perhaps candy makes a person sweeter. It's hard to believe how upbeat and cheerful she can be in strained situations. During my phone interview with her about a week ago, she had been on a train from D.C. to New York, and we had a hard time connecting en route, so were texting back and forth about what time she might arrive at the station, and I figured I could pick up food while waiting, but would have to do the interview from my car (parked). Even so, she had a hard time hearing me, while dealing with collecting her bags and hailing a cab, but was cheerful throughout and so apologetic about the time snafus. And it all worked out.
The NM third-floor Epicure department is now host to a Dylan's Candy Bar store-within-a-store, stocked with Easter goodies for now, and other seasonal edibles later. It's a colorful sight to behold, and people seem elated by the sight of all the colorful sweets.
Dylan's giant lollipops.
Dylan was signing copies of her book, "Dylan's Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life."
Stuffed bunnies in Dylan's logo T-shirts.
Among the treats, candy packed into rubbah slippah tins, for $18.