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.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast