In an evening filled with humor, emotion and generosity, a crowd of 750 converged on Cipriani Wall Street Nov. 10, raising nearly $1.2 million for the Hetrick-Martin Institute.
HMI provides a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth between the ages of 12 and 21. More than 1,200 individuals pass through the institute’s doors at 2 Astor Place every year, where they receive a wide range of services including job assistance, counseling, college guidance, HIV-prevention workshops and hot meals.
“The fashion community came together and pulled off a 20 percent increase in raising funds this year, and that is a true testament to the support of Hetrick-Martin’s mission,” said Rob Smith, Macy’s executive vice president and general merchandise manager of ready-to-wear, and co-chair of the institute.
The evening celebrated HMI’s 30th anniversary, and honored HMI co-founder Joyce Hunter for her commitment to the LGBTQY community, Mayor Bloomberg for his staunch support of LGBT rights and the late Harvey Milk through a stirring video montage and an award presented to his nephew, Stuart Milk.
“This is a momentous occasion as we recognize the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth-serving agency,” said HMI’s executive director, Thomas Krever. “Through the incredible vision of our founders, Hetrick and Martin, and the courage and conviction of the man that was, and the legacy that remains, Harvey Milk, the lives of youth around the world have been significantly improved and will be for generations to come.”
Other highlights of the evening: performances by Jennifer Holliday and HMI’s Youth Advisory Board, and an auction led by comedienne Judy Gold.
“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
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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