LOS ANGELES — This year’s Race to Erase MS — the gala cochaired by Tommy Hilfiger and Nancy Davis at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Friday — raised $2 million for multiple sclerosis research, pushing the total collected at the event to support the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis to $34 million over the last 17 years.
“I don’t think tonight has anything to do with fashion or music or any kind of business,” said Hilfiger, who has been involved with Race to Erase MS for 15 years. “It’s individuals who really care and want to do something special and endearing.”
Hilfiger’s sister and Davis, daughter of the late billionaire Marvin Davis, are both living with the chronic neurological disease. They marshaled their connections to put on an affair with a star-studded guest list and performances from Heart, Dr. Hollywood and Avril Lavigne.
“I’ve gotten to know Nancy Davis and her story. Over the last year, I’ve been doing whatever I can to help out,” said Lavigne.
The singer entertained the crowd, including Apolo Ohno, Lindsey Vonn, Kelly Rutherford, Sophia Bush, Gilles Marini, Jessica Lowndes, Brody Jenner, Taylor Dayne, Nicky Hilton, Brooke Burke, James Tupper, Buzz Aldrin, Phil and Robin McGraw, and brothers Christopher and Kyle Massey, with a set of five songs brought to crescendo with the 2002 hit “Complicated,” and a collaboration with Heart on the classic “Lean on Me.”
The event’s hallmark celebrity fashion show featured Hilfiger’s spring collection. Melissa Rycroft, Chelsie Hightower, Deborah Gibson, Drake Bell, Kelly Hu, Stephanie Jacobsen and Ali Landry, who carried her color-coordinated two-year-old daughter, strutted the runway.
Anne Heche was happy to watch from the sidelines. “I did the fashion show one year and Cindy Crawford was also in it. I was like, ‘I’m never going to do it again!’ I’ll wear a nice dress, but not on stage,” laughed Heche, who kept her promise in a Hugo Boss ensemble.
Much of the gala’s money was raised during the event’s auction, led by returning auctioneers Tom Arnold and Nancy O’Dell.
A Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Coupe valued at $239,420 sold for $210,000, while a Maltese puppy was snapped up for $9,000.
“I don’t think I need any more dogs. I have enough pets,” declared Paris Hilton, who owns 17 Chihuahuas and a recently purchased pug. Her parents, Kathy and Rick Hilton, however, did spend $46,000 on a luxury yacht expedition to the U.S. Virgin Islands for six nights and seven friends.
Tony Dovolani of “Dancing With the Stars” spontaneously jumped out of the audience to offer private dance lessons and four tickets to the ABC show’s finale. He briefly demo-ed his skills onstage, which prompted one bidder to spend $7,000.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion