“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.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye