READY TO CARE
AT THIS YEAR’S FASHION CARES BENEFIT, ATLANTA’S OWN JEFFREY KALINSKY WEARS HIS HEART ON HIS OH-SO-STYLISH SLEEVE.
Byline: Anita J. Finkelstein
Jeffrey Kalinsky may have made it big in New York City, but he hasn’t forgotten his Atlanta roots. He once again kicked off the fall season with his annual Fashion Cares benefit at Atlanta’s Roxy Theatre, and this year it was better than ever.
It wasn’t just that there were men in the show — although they were a big hit, in their fur coats and teeny Speedo swimsuits. It was also the classy clothes, the cutting-edge styling, the beat-heavy music and the beautiful crowd.
As usual, what people wore to the event was as important as what came down the runway. Of course, the guests looked great — probably because most were dressed in head-to-toe Jeffrey.
Kalinsky’s speech was short and sweet this time around. Fall, he said, “is a season of infinite possibilities,” with the hot looks being big bags, leather, ladylike suits and sexy heels. He dedicated the show to the late Barbara Weiss, a local fashionista who loved fashion and all its excesses. A fitting tribute, then, that models sported accessories galore: belts, bags, boots, sunglasses, slinky fishnet stockings — they were all there, along with some ladylike looks, some rock ‘n’ roll styles and more than a few Hollywood-style sirens.
Now in its 10th year, Fashion Cares this time raised more than $100,000 for The Living Room, a housing program for people with AIDS; and for St. Joseph’s Mercy Mobile Health and Breast Cancer Program, the only mobile health care program in Atlanta.
Following last year’s move into New York’s trendy meatpacking district, Kalinsky has relied on his staff more than ever. One of the highlights of the night came when he thanked them for their help. “They are the ones who make me look good,” he proclaimed. High praise from the man who makes the ladies of Atlanta look great.