NEW YORK — In the eye of this season’s product launch storm, several beauty companies took a pause to host gala events that raised awareness and funds, millions in fact, to help stamp out life-threatening diseases affecting their core...
NEW YORK — In the eye of this season’s product launch storm, several beauty companies took a pause to host gala events that raised awareness and funds, millions in fact, to help stamp out life-threatening diseases affecting their core customers — women.
AVON’s KISS GOODBYE TO BREAST CANCER: Songbirds Harry Connick Jr. and Vanessa Carlton lent their voices to Avon’s fourth annual Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer Awards Celebration. Both Connick, who lost his mother to cancer, and Carlton performed at the event held Monday evening at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall. Avon Products Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Andrea Jung and Avon Foundation president Kathleen Walas co-hosted the event and presented awards to four people who have worked to fight against the disease. Dr. Jonathan W. Simons, director of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, received the Medical Achievement Award for his work as an investigator into translational cancer research. “Today Show” news anchor and NBC news correspondent Ann Curry, who has made personal and professional contributions to the cause, was presented with the Media Leadership Award. Upon accepting her award, Curry told the audience that she and her daughter are growing their hair so it can be donated to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients. Paul Boulanger, president and founder of the Boston-based Men With Heart — one of the first men’s groups dedicated to fighting breast cancer, was selected for the Community Advocate Award. Dottie Randall, a seven-year breast cancer survivor and Avon leadership sales representative actively involved in raising awareness and funds, was awarded the Pink Ribbon Crusader Award. The evening brought in $2.2 million for the cause. To date, Avon has raised and donated more than $350 million toward breast cancer treatment and research.
LEGENDS GALA: L’Oréal Paris and The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund marked OCRF’s 10th anniversary with a black-tie fund-raising gala. Held Nov. 4 at the Metropolitan Pavilion & Altman Building, the evening raised $4.3 million. More than 1,300 guests from the beauty, fashion and media industries were in attendance including Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang, Peter Boyle and L’Oréal spokesperson Milla Jovovich. A live auction, hosted by comedian and “The View” co-host Joy Behar, raised $150,000 of the total with items such as a private recording session with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs going to Donna Karan for $55,000. L’Oréal Paris and OCRF honored three individuals who have championed the drive for a cure. Hearst Magazines president Cathleen P. Black and Federated Department Stores chairman, president and ceo Terry Lundgren were each presented with the 2004 OCRF Legends Award. Trudie Styler was selected for the second annual Liz Tilberis Humanitarian Award because of her commitment to the environment and human rights. To date, L’Oréal’s efforts have generated more than $8 million for OCRF, a not-for-profit organization. — M.P.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye