“Wow! There are a lot of balloons. It looks great,” said an impressed Liz Rodbell, president of Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor, as she scanned the Waldorf-Astoria ballroom, where 1,400 fashion executives, retailers and designers came to support Win and raised a record $3.4 million.
About $400,000 of that was through the sale of orange, silver and burgundy balloons during the event, marking $5,000, $1,000 and $100 contributions and bringing a festive touch to the proceedings while encouraging the giving.
It was also a big night for Rodbell and Deborah Lloyd, the chief creative officer of Kate Spade, who were the evening’s industry honorees. They spoke of the plight of the thousands of homeless in the city, how they felt privileged to visit the shelters and meet the clients of Win, which helps homeless women and their children with housing and various programs to get them back on track. Rodbell took her two daughters to a shelter. “We met many young children all filled with promise and smiles.” Lloyd’s message was that “women and children are the heart of the city. Their success is our success.”
Also honored was Jamila Peets, a single mother once incarcerated, who spoke poignantly of how Win helped her regain her pride, got her on a career path and enabled her to take care of her children. A video showed her family at a Win shelter, highlighting how the organization helps. “Today things seem better for me,” said Peets. “I am surviving.”
Kayce Freed Jennings, a Win board member, introduced Arianna, Lamar and Shenzy, the Win kids who were the finalists for the Peter Jennings Prize for writing. Shenzy won the award. Freed Jennings’ husband, the late Peter Jennings, was an advocate for giving children a voice and anchored town hall meetings titled “Answering Children’s Questions” that covered such topics as AIDS, prejudice, drugs and 9/11.
Win president and chief executive officer Bonnie Stone noted there were protestors in front of the Waldorf, objecting to the addition of a Win shelter in Brooklyn. “Whenever we site a shelter, we find neighbors who are not happy.” But Stone added that Win is working closely with the city to address concerns. “We are good neighbors,” she said.
Among those at the Win event were Richard Baker, Don Watros, Benedetta Casamento, Rose Marie Bravo, Josie Natori, Stephen and Karin Sadove, Ron Frasch, Ivanka Trump, Matt Rubel, Mortimer Singer, Jaqui Lividini, Mark Weber, Simon Collins, Steven Kolb, Jill Granoff, Graziano de Boni, Mika Brzezinski, Monica Rich Kosann, Mark Badgely, James Mischka, R.J. Graziano, Michael Crotty, Jonathan Greller and Joseph Cicio.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)