LOS ANGELES — Dame Elizabeth Taylor was a no-show, but the absence of ol’ violet eyes, as well as other celebrities, didn’t affect the fund-raising at the five-day Macy’s and American Express Passport 2002 Fashion and...
LOS ANGELES — Dame Elizabeth Taylor was a no-show, but the absence of ol’ violet eyes, as well as other celebrities, didn’t affect the fund-raising at the five-day Macy’s and American Express Passport 2002 Fashion and Compassion event, which ended here last Saturday.
Organizers call it one of the most lucrative events since the AIDS/HIV fund-raiser and fashion gala was founded 20 years ago. Close to $2 million was raised for research, according to Macy’s officials, with attendance reaching 14,000 over the five nights — three in San Francisco and two in Los Angeles.
Even though Taylor, the event’s founding chair, had to bow out due to an ankle injury, and co-chair Earvin "Magic" Johnson made only one appearance due to a Basketball Hall of Fame induction, the show went on. Actress Annette Bening stepped in at Saturday’s gala here, albeit with a sobering message. She admonished young women, ages 15 to 24, for currently being one of the largest at-risk groups for HIV infection.
But the event’s success lies in its mix of the serious with entertainment. Acrobatic athletes showed Nike’s new sports apparel, scantily dressed models and amazons bared new Wonderbras. Other featured lines were Ecko Unltd., Iceberg, Tracy Reese, Hugo Boss men’s wear and Macy’s private label I.N.C.
MAC’s Viva Glam Circus, the creation of Philip Ing, MAC’s creative director, delivered a Cirque du Soleil-type finale. Colorful clowns, stilt-walkers and a whip-cracking, mustached ringmaster were joined by four nearly nude dancer-gymnasts, who spun in unison on a large steel globe suspended from the ceiling.
"It’s hard to believe that we’ve now been producing Passport for 20 years," Robert Mettler, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s West, said at the gala at Fort Mason in San Francisco. "At the beginning, we thought it would be for just a year, then a few years, until a cure was found. $15 million later, we are still going."
Mettler noted he was especially pleased with individual and corporate generosity this year. "The fact that we’ve raised almost $2 million this year, in hard economic times, says a great deal."The University of California at San Francisco, among the beneficiaries, is receiving $1.1 million over six years for its Center for Creative Therapies, which aims to develop advanced treatments for people with HIV.
@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