Innerwear designer and business entrepreneur Mary Green received the Vision Award at the annual Retinitis Pigmentosa International Society’s presentation at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Previous recipients of the award, presented to Green by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), include Sen. Barack Obama (D., Ill.), Sen. Hillary Clinton (D., N.Y.), Steven Spielberg, Katie Couric, Josie Foster, Martin Scorsese and Ted Turner.
Actors Danny Glover, Martin Landau, Stacy Keach and Malcolm McDowell were among the guests at the event.
Green, who started her business 30 years ago by importing slippers and socks from Afghanistan with an initial investment of $5,000, now oversees a specialty innerwear business for men and women that generates an estimated wholesale annual volume of $25 million. She was cited for her commitment to “raising the status of women,” Pelosi said.
“By honoring her you are saluting, along with her design skills, her commitment to creating better lives for people living in the shadows of poverty and deprivation throughout the Third World,” Pelosi said. “Mary’s signature is adapting and uniting the unique artistic skills of masters in various countries and for fostering business opportunities for entrepreneurs in those lands.”
Green is the first apparel industry executive to receive the award.
“Decades ago, I took my avocation and made it my vocation and made caring humanitarianism part of the mission statement of my company,” Green said. “We have found that we can use the incentive of our commerce to help achieve dignity and security for people who work on our products and with our company. Ninety percent of our employees in this country are refugees, or are here under political asylum from their own lands. Our faith in each other is what creates a meaningful world. And it is a wonder to me that in doing this subtle work, the people at Retinitis Pigmentosa International have said to us, ‘We see what you are doing.’”
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
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The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion