Magic Johnson Foundation: Magic covered all the bases last weekend. On Friday, he sponsored a Maxwell concert at Madison Square Garden; Saturday, he hosted a reception at the Waldorf-Astoria and, on Sunday, it was a fashion show saluting African-American designers in the tents at Bryant Park. All the events benefited a favorite charity, The National Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative. Earvin and his wife, Cookie, invited six designers and companies to show pieces from their spring collections at the tents in Bryant Park. They included Edward Wilkerson of Lafayette 148, who unveiled an India-inspired collection; Shaka King, who did easy linen men’s wear; GiGiWear, with sexy cutout knits; Epperson’s deconstructed looks; Manale’s satiny eveningwear, and Kilgour & Sweet for Dion Scott, who showed a “Harlem Renaissance” segment.
“Fashion shows in New York are a lot different than in Los Angeles,” said Johnson at the Waldorf-Astoria. “In New York, they want it to be quick.”
But it turns out that he’s a bit of a clotheshorse himself. Johnson confessed to WWD that he spends in the six-figure realm on clothes each year, and at the reception he was wearing a custom-made navy Dion Scott suit, slightly modified with Versace “Medusa” buttons that he had snipped off another outfit. His tie — navy with a bold gold shell pattern — was Versace, also.
“It doesn’t matter how great the suit is — if the tie’s not banging, then the suit is no good,” he said. “I do my own ironing, too, you know. I’m a guy who likes to get things done.”