Following his resignation Tuesday as New York City’s schools chancellor at a City Hall press conference, Joel Klein traveled a few blocks south to Cipriani Wall Street to present designer Marc Ecko with an Emery Award at the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s annual benefit.
Klein praised Ecko as someone who is “passionate about making this a more tolerant, more inclusive” city, in relation to his philanthropic efforts, particularly HMI’s Harvey Milk High School, which serves at-risk gay, lesbian and transgender students seeking a safe educational environment.
“It still saddens me that something that is doing such an important job for kids like the Harvey Milk School is controversial,” said Klein.
Ecko, co-founder and chief creative officer at Marc Ecko Enterprises, got to know Klein over the years through his own volunteer educational initiatives, including Sweat Equity Enterprises, an after-school program that gives students real-life work experience. Ecko is also on the board of Big Picture Learning, an operator of charter schools, and an adviser to Harlem Success Academy.
“The Harvey Milk School is not exotic,” Ecko told the crowd, which included a heavy fashion contingent from Emery Award sponsors such as Polo Ralph Lauren Corp., Macy’s Inc., G-III Apparel Group Ltd., Kellwood Co., Calvin Klein Inc. and Perry Ellis International Inc. “Learning cannot happen in a hostile environment.”
Also honored with an Emery Award was Arianna Huffington, who was presented her award by Suze Orman, and “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy, who was serenaded by Matthew Morrison, one of the show’s stars.
“There is an original episode of ‘Glee’ on tonight, and every gay man in New York City is in this room, so I’m very afraid of the ratings tomorrow,” said Murphy.
Huffington let loose with a political harangue centered on gay rights issues, urging President Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to “find their spines” and repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
In other news of interest to the “Glee” demographic, Madonna’s next fashion venture will be a lingerie line, likely called Truth or Dare, said Neil Cole, chairman and chief executive officer of Iconix Brand Group Inc., confirming a Feb. 16 report in WWD. “We are aiming for a fall or holiday launch next year,” said Cole, who was seated next to Ecko. He added that a name for an upcoming activewear label from the pop star had not yet been finalized.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.