Maybe it was the hostess' occasionally high school humor or all the throwback music, but Katie Couric's National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance benefit left some guests feeling lighter than their years.
NEW YORK — Maybe it was the hostess' occasionally high school humor or all the throwback music, but Katie Couric's National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance benefit left some guests feeling lighter than their years.
The honoree of last Wednesday night's event, Carmen Marc Valvo, a cancer survivor and research advocate, told the crowd he was concerned about how to accept the award "without any idle chatter about his derrière." He urged attendees to be screened and praised Couric, whose husband, Jay Monahan, died eight years ago from colon cancer, for educating the public about the disease.
The five hour-plus extravaganza at the Waldorf-Astoria, "Hollywood Meets Motown," featured performances by Tony Bennett, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Kahn, Nile Rodgers, Smokey Robinson and others. The event raised more than $4 million for the cause.
Before the party started, a few among the 1,500-plus crowd were touchy-feely for other reasons. Relaxed and sun-bronzed, outgoing "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace and his wife, Mary, were greeted by a stream of well-wishers. Among those first in line were Maury Povich and his wife, Connie Chung, who complimented Wallace on the New York Times article announcing his decision to scale back his workload.
"You know what the best part was? It sent me looking for the dictionary," Povich said.
"That's good. Was it ‘appurtenances'?" laughed Wallace.
"I'd never seen your feet before," Chung said, referring to the photo of a barefoot Wallace that ran with the article.
Dressed in a sleeveless Sixties-inspired pale pink Carmen Marc Valvo dress, Couric told the designer's gang, "I'm wearing industrial strength Spanx," slapping her stomach.
Asked if the media makes too much of Couric's on-air appearance, Gloria Steinem said, "It's ridiculous. First of all, what she has most is trust, which is what Walter Cronkite had. The idea that people write about bare legs and high heels and they don't wrote about men's toupees is just..."
Blige, who was wearing one of Valvo's strapless brown dresses and a fur shrug, said she is ironing out plans for "dressy, dressy couture" and sportswear collections, but was short on the particulars. "I already know who I want to do it with. Trust me. It's going to happen."
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)