Take Woody Allen, Natasha Richardson, Whoopi Goldberg and Tracy Chapman and put them at Cipriani 42nd Street, and you’ve got a recipe for a rollicking gala —not to mention a $3 million payday for amfAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
Since 1985, the nonprofit, founded by physician Mathilde Krim and actress Elizabeth Taylor, has invested nearly $250 million in AIDS-related programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. On Wednesday night, the organization honored Goldberg; John Demsey, chairman of the MAC AIDS Fund and global president of the MAC Cosmetics and Estée Lauder brands, and Bill Roedy, vice chairman of MTV Networks, with its Award of Courage, given for leadership and playing a role in increasing AIDS awareness and accelerating research. Beyoncé Knowles was on hand to give Roedy his award; Richard Gere presented Goldberg with hers, and Demsey received his from singer and MAC AIDS Fund spokeswoman Eve Jeffers. Woody Allen heaped praise on Krim, and Chapman performed a two-song acoustic set.
But it was Sharon Stone — who received the inaugural Roy London Award, named for her late friend and acting coach, who died of AIDS in the early Nineties — who was most blunt about the real point of the evening. After a reporter asked her which designer made her (probably borrowed) gold sequined gown, she shot back, “I’m wearing clothes. Someone will look at the label tomorrow and then I’ll know. Who gives a s--t what I’m wearing? I’d go home in a tablecloth if someone would pay for the dress and the money would go to amfAR.”
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia