The recent Dream Ball, held at Cipriani 42nd Street to raise money for the Look Good Feel Better program of the Personal Care Products Council and the American Cancer Society, was one of those evenings that sticks in the memory.
Not only did the event raise more than $2.4 million, the highest total since the $2.5 million raised in the flush times of 2006—but there were a few surprises.
Hearst president and marketing and publishing director Michael Clinton, one of the two honorees, startled the crowd of 580 by disclosing that he was paying tribute to the career of his late colleague, Helen Gurley Brown, by donating $1,000 for each of the 32 years she edited Cosmopolitan magazine, $32,000, to the night’s total.
The other honoree, Carol Hamilton, president of the Luxe division of L’Oréal USA, noted that this year 50,000 women fighting off cancer will attend 16,000 workshops to learn how to give themselves makeovers. “We as an industry have the opportunity to make the seminars even better, even more meaningful,” she declared, noting that L’Oréal would beef up the skin-care aspect of the tutorials by donating not only products but experts as well, such as dermatologists.
But the evening began on a few light notes. In presenting Clinton’s award, Cosmo’s new editor, Joanna Coles, had some of the best laugh lines of the night. In describing how Clinton is such a compulsive traveller (122 countries logged so far), she dryly remarked, “He’s got to be the only American left to think it’s fun to fly coach.”
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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