“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.
@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)