LOS ANGELES — Macy’s Passport hits 20 tonight and what started as a simple men’s fashion show has now evolved into a multinight "fashion and compassion" extravaganza in San Francisco and here, raising millions of dollars for AIDS...
LOS ANGELES — Macy’s Passport hits 20 tonight and what started as a simple men’s fashion show has now evolved into a multinight "fashion and compassion" extravaganza in San Francisco and here, raising millions of dollars for AIDS causes.
Elizabeth Taylor and Earvin "Magic" Johnson return for their 15th and seventh year, respectively — Dame Taylor playing host to the black-tie gala in San Francisco Thursday night, while the retired basketball superstar hosts a ball for American Express members on Friday. Both are at the Festival Pavilion.
Yet, tonight, 3,000 Bay Area teens who’ve received tickets through high schools and youth agencies will be angling to get a closer look ofhip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari, as well as 4 Deep and Yasmeen at what’s being billed as Microsoft Teen Night. The concert, at the Fort Mason Center, follows a fashion show with Ecko Unlimited, Tracy Reese, Nike, Hugo Boss, RIPS, Wonderbra, Iceberg, Macy’s private label I.N.C. and MAC Viva Glam.
That’s a far cry from the first event in 1982. That men’s fashion show held in the Macy’s West employee cafeteria in San Francisco has evolved into a showcase for men’s, women’s and children’s wear.
"I said, ‘Who’s going to come to an all-men’s fashion show?’" recalled Bette McKenzie, vice president of Macy’s West public relations, involved since the start.
Since 1994, the event has annually pulled in close to $2 million and some 15,000 attendees. "I was such a fool," she said. "It’s great being able to admit it." To date, the events have raised a total of $15 million for HIV/AIDS medical research.
To commemorate the anniversary, Macy’s and its 16-year cosponsor American Express and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation have built an overlook above San Francisco’s National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. It will serve as a platform for viewing and meditation.
The events at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Calif., begin Sept. 27 with the teen night, and a red-carpet gala set forSept. 28.
“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