LOS ANGELES — This year's Race to Erase MS — the 15th anniversary gala held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza here — raised $2.1 million for multiple sclerosis research through the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis.
For the 12th year in a row, Tommy Hilfiger returned to sponsor the event, which featured a performance by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, as well as numbers from "Dancing With the Stars" cast members and also introduced orange as the new MS awareness color.
"Hollywood has always been tremendously supportive, and it's a great way to mix this incredibly important cause with music and fashion," Hilfiger said.
As in years past, the event's highlight was a celebrity fashion show featuring Cheryl Ladd, Tara Reid, Maria Menounos, Daisy Fuentes, Terri Seymour, Disney's Aly and AJ, Kelly Hu, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin.
Stars and models strutted down the runway in Hilfiger's spring collection, with more than a few of the participants hamming it up for the crowd: Rinna and Hamlin, who are husband and wife, adopted dance-inspired poses on their catwalk turn, and Ladd even struck her trademark "Charlie's Angels" pose.
Actress Teri Garr, who has MS and uses a wheelchair, was able to walk onstage to give a moving speech that brought attendees to their feet.
"It's just amazing what this foundation has done and to see what Teri has gone through," Ladd said. "I think she's a brilliant woman and amazing talent."
Other celebrities like Devon Aoki, Kristi Yamaguchi, Marlee Matlin, James Tupper, Ed McMahon, Cristián de la Fuente, Jillian Barberie and Eric Benét turned out to support the cause at the gala — themed "We [heart] to Erase MS."
Rinna joined returning auctioneer Tom Arnold for a live auction that featured luxury items including an afternoon of shopping with Paris and Nicky Hilton that went for $11,000 and a Maltese puppy that fetched $13,000.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty