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.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)