SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Macy’s & American Express Passport, the five-night charity events in San Francisco and Los Angeles, raised $1.5 million for HIV/AIDS research, the retailer said Friday. The sum adds to the $17 million Passport has raised in the past 21 years in its effort to combat the epidemic.
Robert Mettler, chief executive officer of the San Francisco-based department store chain, said he has a personal as well as a professional commitment to the cause: “I’ve lost a lot of friends over the years in the design world and in San Francisco.”
The annual series of events is never short on entertainment. This year’s edition featured Liza Minnelli, who subbed for an under-the-weather Dame Elizabeth Taylor, the event’s founding chair and yearly host. At the party here, Minnelli sported a black Gianfranco Ferré swing coat in the press line and later changed to a longer coat lined with hot pink satin by Halston. “Thank God they’ve found something that can slow [AIDS] down in this country,” said Minnelli.
Sharon Stone also joined the festivities, dressed in a Vera Wang black dress and mile-high white stilettos. She helped whip up the crowd for the evening’s auction. At one point, she sat on comedian Pauly Shore’s lap, urging him to bid $15,000 for a limited edition Movado Andy Warhol watch. “Do you really want to be my girl?” Shore teased her.
Other highlights included Tony-award-winning chanteuse Jennifer Holliday and a Macy’s fashion show that included looks from Kenneth Cole, Rocawear, MAC Cosmetics, VF Intimates, 2xist and Stuart Weitzman.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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