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.
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