NEW YORK — "Proceeds from tonight's event will go to Macy's markdown collection," joked Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy's Inc., as he presented Kenneth Cole with an AMY Award at Wednesday night's 2008 YMA Geoffrey Beene Fashion Scholarship Fund Dinner. "But even then, we come up a little short, so we will be passing around a hat."
YMA's annual event, which raises funds for scholarship and mentoring programs, raised a record $1.3 million, after the first recipients of the AMY Lifetime Achievement Award, Jay and Patty Baker, and the Geoffrey Beene Scholarship Endowment each donated $85,000 to exceed last year's total.
"We love to give and we love to be involved, but we don't do a lot of being honored," said Jay Baker, former president of Kohl's Corp. "But then I saw what YMA is for — scholarships, which are something very deep in the heart of Patty and I."
Roger Farah, Polo Ralph Lauren's president and chief operating officer, noted as he presented the Bakers with the award that, since they set up significant endowments at both the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Fashion Institute of Technology, "interest in retail has exploded."
Rick Leto, former ceo of Mervyns, rounded out the evening's honorees. Paul Rosengard, group president at Perry Ellis and chairman emeritus of YMA, said he had been asking Leto to accept an AMY Award for the last decade, and Leto had always declined, but said he would accept one before he retired — which he did late last year.
For the first time, YMA recognized four of its scholars with the $25,000 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Award: Davia Rabinoff-Goldman, from Rhode Island School of Design; Nicole Baum, from the University of Colorado; Hazel Morley, from Parsons The New School for Design, and Casey Saccomanno, from Philadelphia University. As a surprise, the four other finalists received $5,000 scholarships: Chelsea Cornelison, from the University of Wisconsin; Kwabena Asiedu, from Wharton; Jennifer McMasters, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Ilana Pfefer, from FIT.
Held at the Marriott Marquis and led by master of ceremonies Tim Gunn, the event attracted many industry executives, including Andrew Rosen, Gilbert Harrison, Abbey Doneger, Robert C. Skinner Jr., Denise Seegal, Karen Murray and Tom Murry.
“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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye