SAN FRANCISCO — Macy’s brings its 22nd Annual Passport event benefiting AIDS research to Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar on Thursday and Friday, with Tommy Hilfiger as the featured designer.
Celebrity models Marilu Henner and Brooke Burke, and Kwame Jackson and Katrina Campins from “The Apprentice” will wear H Hilfiger to open the runway show and gala sponsored by American Express.
Passport has raised almost $18 million for HIV-AIDS research, care, prevention and education programs since the show began as a small fashion presentation in the staff cafeteria of the Macy’s Union Square flagship here. The fund-raising continues in Southern California with Passport In-Store, an all-day shopping event at the Beverly Center, South Coast Plaza, Fashion and Mission Valley and Palm Desert locations on Oct. 2. The $10 tickets benefit more than 70 HIV-AIDS organizations in the area.
During the San Francisco Passport event Sept. 21-23 at Fort Mason, Michael Kors was the main designer. Twenty samba dancers in plumed headdresses, pole dancers, a dozen break-dancing tots and Calvin Klein underwear model Antonio Sabato Jr. helped rev up the night.
The annual gala, founded by Elizabeth Taylor, dubbed “Evolution Revolution” this year, also featured fall collections from I.N.C. Women, Dooney & Bourke, LeVian jewelry, Versus by Versace, Kate Spade, Badgley Mischka, Vanity Fair Intimates, Nautica Sleepwear, Anna Sui and A.B.S. by Allen B. Schwartz. Other sponsors included MAC Viva Glam, Movado and Giorgio Armani.
“Everyone thinks New York is the most eclectic and creative city, but it’s great to come to San Francisco to see truly eclectic styles and ideas,” Kors said after the show. “I love Passport because it brings runway fashions to everyone. I had been here for the show in 1995, and when they asked me to come, I jumped at the chance. We were showing real clothes and the show also ran the gamut of emotions. It was a great night.”
Kors said he was inspired by the children’s wear in the runway show. “We’ll do kid’s wear and fashions for girls one day, I am sure,” he said. “Not tomorrow, but soon. It’s very exciting right now. Kids are so fashion-conscious.”An auction conducted by actor Mario Cantone of “Sex and the City,” which included a peach-colored limited-edition Vespa scooter designed by Giorgio Armani, raised $67,000.
“Let’s keep research funded, and let’s keep pushing for a generation free of AIDS,” said Macy’s West chairman and chief executive officer Robert Mettler.
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