It might be a tough year for philanthropy, but not if you have Elton John, Liza Minnelli and Elizabeth Hurley on your side, as Evelyn Lauder proved Wednesday evening at her ninth annual Hot Pink Party.
The event, which benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, raised $3.7 million from more than 750 attendees — including actresses Jane Krakowski and Marilu Henner and designers Michael Kors, Vera Wang and Donna Karan — at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. The evening was hosted by Hurley (for the eighth time — “I missed one when I was pregnant,” she said), with John handling the talent.
“Every year I am alive I will be here for this event,” he said before introducing Minnelli to the crowd. “I will never give you B-list entertainment.”
And John delivered, with Minnelli performing a dramatic series of her hits. Minnelli even added to the total Lauder had already garnered through ticket sales and a spirited live auction by spontaneously auctioning off a performance of her signature song, “New York, New York.”
“Come on, I wanna sing this song — no one sings it like me,” she said. After five attendees — including Kors and philanthropist John Rosenwald, vice chairman emeritus of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. — each tossed $10,000 into the proverbial hat, Minnelli went on with her show.
Lauder, who is senior corporate vice president of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. and the founder of the BCRF, also gave a nod to the tough economic times by telling attendees beforehand to shop in their closets — which led to a bit of a fashion emergency for her at the last minute after selecting a two-year-old sleeveless black jersey dress of Karan’s from her closet. “I said, ‘Donna, I can’t wear the dress! My arms! She [Karan] says, ‘I’ll make you sleeves.’ She made sleeves for me this afternoon! I got the dress to her by 1, and it was back in my house at 4!
“When the economy improves, we’ll go out and shop,” said Lauder.
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@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)