The final $32,000 raised during last week’s Dream Ball provided perhaps the most poignant moment in an evening full of emotion.
The event, held Sept. 27 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan, raised more than $2.4 million to benefit the Look Good Feel Better program of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the American Cancer Society. That was the highest fund-raising total since the formerly flush days of 2006, when $2.5 million was raised.
The honorees were Carol Hamilton, president of the Luxe Division of L’Oréal USA, and Michael Clinton, president and marketing and publishing director of Hearst Magazines, and both of them proved they are no slouches when it comes to making a dramatic gesture.
Clinton talked about how he learned to appreciate cosmetics and fragrance from the example of his beloved grandmother, who was “the family beauty queen” and, unfortunately, a breast cancer victim. He then described how struck he was by the heroism and pluck of the cancer patients he met while visiting a Look Good Feel Better workshop, so much so that he invited them to the dinner as his guests, and two of them came. Clinton began reminiscing about the legendary career of his late colleague, Cosmopolitan editor in chief Helen Gurley Brown, and then declared that he was donating $1,000 for each year of Brown’s tenure — $32,000 for 32 years.
Hamilton made her own statement: L’Oréal will expand the skin-care dimension of the LGFB workshops in 2013, not only by donating treatment products, but by providing the advice of experts like dermatologists. “We as an industry should celebrate tonight our combined efforts to blast cancer — as I call it ‘the Big C’ — out of this universe for once and for all.”
Later, during an auction in which the crowd pledged various amounts for different colored balloons, Hamilton first bought a $10,000 balloon, then asked the 10 cancer survivors in the audience from L’Oréal to stand up so she could purchase each of them a $1,000 balloon.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)