“It touches my heart very deeply to see you all turn out for this event,” said Linda Marshall, a mother with a mission. She was addressing 230 industry executives gathered in the Union League Club Tuesday evening for the fifth annual Beyond Beauty fund-raising dinner for the James E. Marshall OCD Foundation.
Named after Marshall’s son, who died of complications from obsessive-compulsive disorder, the foundation is devoted to raising awareness of the disease and finding a cure. The dinner generated $220,000, pushing the five-year total past $1 million.
The honorees were Heidi Manheimer, chief executive officer of Shiseido Cosmetics America, and Lesley Jane Seymour, editor in chief of More Magazine. The master of ceremonies was Mika Brzezinski, co-host of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.
“It’s a privilege to be honored,” said Manheimer. “Five years ago, I didn’t have an awareness of the disorder and how devastating it is. I’m proud to help raise awareness.” She added that the foundation’s half-decade of fund-raising is “nothing short of a miracle.” Added Seymour: “It’s a worthy cause and whenever you can use your position to get the word out, it raises awareness and makes people’s lives better.”
The headliner of the night was Sixties folk music legend Judy Collins, who talked tenderly about her father’s affliction from alcoholism and sang five songs, including her signature version of “Both Sides Now.” She joked about collaborating on a recording with Dolly Parton and observed, “when Dolly Parton wants to do ‘Both Sides Now,’ you know the Sixties are coming back.”
The Marshall Foundation works with Johns Hopkins Medicine, which researches the genetic cause of OCD and is trying to isolate the gene tied to the disorder, said Gerald Nestadt, M.D., the director of the OCD Clinic at Johns Hopkins Medicine and principal investigator of genetic research.
During the dinner, Marshall, co-founder and president of Elysée Scientific Cosmetics, presented the evening’s check to Nestadt. “This is the only event in the U.S. where funds are raised for OCD,” he said.
“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