It's time for Karen Murray to be in the spotlight.On May 10, the Marfan Foundation will honor Murray, the newly named chief executive officer of Sequential Brands Group, with the inaugural Inspiration of Excellence Award. Murray will receive the award at its group's annual Heartworks gala at the Grand Hyatt in New York.At the same time, the group will present its Hero With a Heart Award to Dr. Joseph Coselli, the Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, and Sinclair Li, executive vice president of CBRE Inc.“Karen Murray inspires excellence in her every action, with her dedication to the cause and her compassion for everyone living with these life-threatening conditions,” said Michael Weamer, president and ceo of The Marfan Foundation. “The Marfan Foundation would not be where it is today without her. Karen is a force for good.”Murray's son Michael was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a potentially fatal connective tissue disorder, 20 years ago at the age of five. Murray serves as the chair of the foundation’s board of directors and has worked tirelessly to provide strategic direction in the areas of research, legislative advocacy, public awareness and patient support. In addition, she has advocated on Capitol Hill for research funding, appeared on countless national television programs and in other national media to increase awareness, and has served as corporate host of Heartworks since its inception in 1998.At this year's event, actress Julie Halston will serve as master of ceremonies and Broadway star Stephanie Mills will perform.“We are honored to present Hero With a Heart Awards to Dr. Coselli, for the critical role he has played in advancing the field of aortic surgery and taking care of patients, and to Sinclair, for his ongoing support of research on aortic disease,” Weamer said. “Because of their commitment and support, the future looks bright for people with Marfan syndrome and related disorders who are diagnosed and treated.”The Heartworks gala has raised more than $12 million for the foundation to date with the proceeds being used for education, patient support and research.The event will start at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and the awards. Sequential Brands Group is the event's Victory sponsor. Other sponsors include Burlington Coat Factory, Macy's and Bloomingdale's, Nautica/Kipling, One Jeanswear Group, Ross Stores Inc. and VF Corp.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.