The Breast Cancer Research Foundation marked its 16th anniversary Tuesday evening with a sweet 16 theme for its annual fund-raising gala at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Founder Evelyn Lauder, senior corporate vice president of the Estée Lauder Cos., set the tone by introducing herself as the chaperone of the event.
“I want to blow out that candle on the cupcake,” she proclaimed. “I want to extinguish breast cancer for once and for all.”
But the evening — and the day — belonged to Sir Elton John, the perennial music director of the event. Lauder and a parade of others showered accolades on the entertainer for his contributions in supporting the event for the last 10 years. The climax came when Bette Midler made a surprise appearance onstage to deliver a proclamation issued by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and declaring Sir Elton John Day in New York City.
Midler declared, “Elton loves New York and New York loves him right back.” She went on to note that the knighted crooner has played Madison Square Garden 160 times, putting him in a league with Walt Frazier and Marc Messier. “This guy is the real deal,” Midler continued. “He is a mensch, a big soul.”
The bountiful praise had a marked effect on Sir Elton. He sat down at the piano and gave a high-spirited performance of a dozen or so of his greatest hits. He periodically leapt to the edge of the stage, took a bow while brandishing a big grin, only to return to the keyboard to tear into another well-known number.
“I’ve been invited for 10 years and I’ll be here as long as they want me to be here,” he said.
Early in the program, Myra Biblowit, president of the BCRF, announced that more than $270 million has been raised to date, supporting 173 researchers in 12 countries. The program ended with Lauder telling the crowd that, thanks to a couple of anonymous donors, the evening achieved its goal of raising $4 million.
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
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
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)