The UNICEF-sponsored snowflake that hangs at the intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue might have been illuminated during the organization’s 13th annual Snowflake Ball on Tuesday evening, but it was L’Oréal’s Carol Hamilton who really shone. Hamilton was honored with the Spirit of Compassion award for her work in creating clean water supplies for impoverished children worldwide through Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gio Acqua for Life program. Since its inception in 2009, the program has raised more than $4 million.Hamilton, the group president of L’Oréal Luxe USA, has long championed philanthropic initiatives at L’Oréal. But a 2009 meeting with UNICEF’s Caryl Stern made the professional personal for Hamilton, who has since been on three missions with the organization and also serves on Unicef USA’s board. Noting that she doesn’t have children, she spoke of the impact the trips had on her, particularly a journey to Mekele, Ethiopia, where a newly built water station provides safe, clean water for villagers in a 20-meter radius “24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Hamilton said proudly. There, she met a young girl who took a shining to the executive. “She asked me, ‘Can I be your child,’” remembered Hamilton. “That moment changed my life.”L’Oréal’s deputy chief executive officer Nicolas Hieronimus jetted over for the day — arriving from Paris in the early afternoon and heading back on a 10:30 pm flight — to present Hamilton with her award. “[Carol’s] personal commitment to make a difference is very symbolic of what L'Oréal not only believes in, but what L'Oréal has committed to: Making the world more beautiful…not just by selling great lipsticks or antiwrinkle creams, but through philanthropic commitments, playing our role as a large corporation, to help address some of the major global challenges such as precarious social conditions, climate change or scarcity of resources.”Former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, who befriended Hamilton during a joint trip to Africa, also lauded the executive. “Carol Hamilton always puts the needs of others before herself,” he said, “and empowers women around the globe.”“You are so tall, Dikembe!” Hamilton said as she came to the stage. “But your heart is even bigger.”The evening was hosted by Harry Connick Jr. and featured a moving performance by Diana Ross.
Exclusive: @longchamp is planning to stage its first official runway show at New York Fashion Week this fall. The French leather goods firm has expanded into ready-to-wear as part of its repositioning as a lifestyle brand. The show, scheduled for September 8, will also cap the brand’s 70th anniversary celebration. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex undertook their first overseas engagement as a married couple in Dublin. The trip included multiple events and outfits changes, including this black dress by @emiliawickstead that Meghan Markle wore for a party at the British Ambassador’s home. #wwdfashion #royals
At 20 years old – and with an estimated net worth of $900 million - @kyliejenner is the youngest person to ever make @forbes’ annual list of America’s Richest #SelfMadeWomen. “It’s incredible to be recognized for something I’m so passionate about, and I’m really grateful for that. I’ve always loved makeup and worked really hard to bring the first lip kit to the market,” said Jenner on founding @kyliecosmetics. See who else is on the list on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @rainerhosch)
“The collection is inspired by Tulum and the Mayan Riviera – its laid-back luxury, life of cabanas, untouched coastline, natural habitats, exotic cocktails and jungle parties with renowned DJs,” said Matteo Maniatty, creative director and cofounder of @descendantofthieves, on the brand’s inspiration for its latest collection. See more designer sketches and inspirations on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #nyfwmens #nyfw
@riccardotisci17 is releasing a limited-edition capsule collection as part of his anticipated runway debut for @burberry in September. Delivered in a series of instant drops, this is the second Burberry capsule collection announced since Friday, when Tisci broke the news on his collaboration with @viviennewestwood. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
“It’s like a Cinderella story. You get a little fake, you get a little real, you put it together and voilà,” said legendary rapper Slick Rick, who helped pioneer the merge of luxury and streetwear. WWD’s @ariahughes spoke to @therulernyc about his jewelry collection, his collaboration with @bally and how the industry has evolved – link in bio. (📷: @kristaschlueter)
@ragandbone and @eminem are teaming up on a special capsule collection of streetwear pieces. Sold at a one-day pop-up in London’s Soho on Friday, the collection features three different T-shirt designs and a hoodie. The capsule is set to kick off the rest of Eminem’s shows in his European Revival Tour, which ends on Sunday. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdfashion