The UNICEF-sponsored snowflake that hangs at the intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue might have been illuminated during the organization’s 13th annual Snowflake Ball on Tuesday evening, but it was L’Oréal’s Carol Hamilton who really shone. Hamilton was honored with the Spirit of Compassion award for her work in creating clean water supplies for impoverished children worldwide through Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gio Acqua for Life program. Since its inception in 2009, the program has raised more than $4 million.Hamilton, the group president of L’Oréal Luxe USA, has long championed philanthropic initiatives at L’Oréal. But a 2009 meeting with UNICEF’s Caryl Stern made the professional personal for Hamilton, who has since been on three missions with the organization and also serves on Unicef USA’s board. Noting that she doesn’t have children, she spoke of the impact the trips had on her, particularly a journey to Mekele, Ethiopia, where a newly built water station provides safe, clean water for villagers in a 20-meter radius “24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Hamilton said proudly. There, she met a young girl who took a shining to the executive. “She asked me, ‘Can I be your child,’” remembered Hamilton. “That moment changed my life.”L’Oréal’s deputy chief executive officer Nicolas Hieronimus jetted over for the day — arriving from Paris in the early afternoon and heading back on a 10:30 pm flight — to present Hamilton with her award. “[Carol’s] personal commitment to make a difference is very symbolic of what L'Oréal not only believes in, but what L'Oréal has committed to: Making the world more beautiful…not just by selling great lipsticks or antiwrinkle creams, but through philanthropic commitments, playing our role as a large corporation, to help address some of the major global challenges such as precarious social conditions, climate change or scarcity of resources.”Former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, who befriended Hamilton during a joint trip to Africa, also lauded the executive. “Carol Hamilton always puts the needs of others before herself,” he said, “and empowers women around the globe.”“You are so tall, Dikembe!” Hamilton said as she came to the stage. “But your heart is even bigger.”The evening was hosted by Harry Connick Jr. and featured a moving performance by Diana Ross.
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)
@denimdaysfestival, which initially launched in Amsterdam in 2014 and has since expanded to New York, is heading to Nashville for the very first time. The two-day festival, which will take place in November, will feature brand activations, hands-on workshops by artisans and denim mills, a vintage market, live entertainment, and local food and drinks. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Later this month, the popular “Diana: Her Fashion Story” exhibit will be reopening. @historicroyalpalaces, the charity that manages @kensingtonroyal, has been working towards adding new, never-before-seen garments to the exhibit, including this dress created by Gianni Versace for a fund-raising dinner at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The exhibit will reopen on April 26 at Kensington Palace @wwdfashion
“Our family has always been engaged and interested in the world around us. [My brothers and I] were always encouraged to have our own opinion at a young age, which is not always something a child is asked — especially to have an opinion with reasoning behind it,” said @yarashahidi on becoming an activist. We caught up with the 18 year old last week, where she talked about her road to acting, how “Black-ish” led her to start conversations about identity and more. Head to WWD.com to read what she had to say #wwdeye (📷: @chelsealaurenla)