“We are going to rid the world of this dread disease,” Leonard A. Lauder said emphatically to the packed ballroom Monday night in Manhattan at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s annual Hot Pink Party.
The fund-raiser, held at the Waldorf-Astoria, raised more than $5.4 million for the BCRF. Since its inception in 2001, Hot Pink Parties have raised a collective $60 million.
“Evelyn Lauder was a philanthropic force to be reckoned with,” said Sir Elton John, who has performed at BCRF galas for more than a decade, and who has vowed to do so as long as he lives. “She was a dear friend, and I am proud to keep her extraordinary legacy alive by supporting BCRF and its mission to eradicate breast cancer through research.”
John recruited five-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles to lend a hand on the musical part of the evening, with each artist performing one of the other’s songs. Bareilles did a version of John’s “Rocket Man” which he said “really made the song her own,” and John offered a moving rendition of Bareilles’ “Gravity.” Bareilles performed a 45-minute set of her songs, including the recent hit “Brave,” as well.
Elizabeth Hurley, another loyal supporter of the cause, again served as emcee.
The BCRF, founded by the late Evelyn Lauder in 1993, has to date raised more than $480 million to fund cutting-edge breast cancer research. According to Myra Biblowit, president of the BCRF, the organization disbursed a record $45 million in research dollars to 275 researchers across six continents in the past year.
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast