Despite deadlines for their upcoming runway shows, a string of New York designers have blocked out time for Tuesday’s fashion show and fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton.
The Democratic candidate’s daughter Chelsea will be on hand to handle the public speaking at the Spring Studios doubleheader, while Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour and Clinton aide Huma Abedin (whose marital split has been all over the headlines) are said to be sharing the hosting duties. Tonne Goodman will style what is expected to be about a 20-minute show.
Demi Lovato will perform. Her stylist Avo Yermagyan wasn’t sure Friday about what Lovato will wear for the event.
Hillary fans on a budget no longer have the option of the sold-out $100 general admission. As of Friday afternoon, the options were $250 general seating, $1,000 preferred seating, $2,700 front-row seating and $5,000 premium front-row seating. Higher rollers have the option of the $25,000 package — tickets for two, backstage passes, VIP reception, front-row seats, rooftop party and merchandise.
Wintour is said to be orchestrating the pre-New York Fashion Week affair, which is officially billed as “Made for History Fashion Show and Rooftop Party.” As was the case in the 2012 presidential showdown, a bevy of designers have stepped up to design red, white and blue merchandise for the Clinton campaign, including Thakoon, Jason Wu, Brett Heyman, Diane von Furstenberg, Georgina Chapman, Tory Burch, Prabal Gurung, Eva Fehren, Monique Pean, Pamela Love and David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone. Having designed one of the Made for History T-shirts, Love said sales of those items will benefit the Hillary Victory Fund.
For the fashion show, Love sent about 30 to 40 pieces from her collection. “I just really want to encourage people to vote and to vote responsibly,” Love said.
In June, Chapman and her husband Harvey Weinstein hosted a fund-raiser for Clinton in their home, and the couple have attended their share of other fund-raisers for Clinton. Taking a minute in the midst of fittings for Marchesa’s Sept. 14 show, the British-born Chapman said, “We’re huge supporters of Hillary and we’re always keen to help. I, myself, sadly don’t have an American passport so I can’t help with a vote. But I can help by designing a T-shirt and by doing other things.”
Marchesa has sent spring 2016 runway and resort looks to stylist Goodman, and Chapman and Keren Craig will “absolutely” be there Tuesday night.
Clinton herself will not be at Spring Studios, according to a campaign official, who declined any further comment. She is scheduled to make a campaign stop in Florida Tuesday. She will be in New York Sept. 7 for the Commander-in-Chief Forum, which is being hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.