Celebrity stylist Cameron Silver was honored Thursday night at the 26th annual Achilles International Gala.
“My goal is to get more people from the fashion world involved in the organization to raise awareness of what it does,” Silver said just before the festivities began. The event was held at the Union League Club in Manhattan.
According to Silver, the Halston brands have been doing well, although right now he said “people are holding their breath. They will breathe a sigh of relief after the [U.S. presidential] election. I think that’s been an obstacle for people to spend or even embrace fashion.”
During acceptance speech, Silver said, “Nothing is unachievable when you put your body, mind and spirit behind it….When we run together, our vulnerabilities can make us invincible.”
Achilles works to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events to promote personal achievement. Also involved in the organization is Robert D’Loren, chairman and chief executive officer of Xcel Brands Inc. Xcel owns the H Halston and H by Halston brands, which it acquired in December 2014. Xcel subsequently tapped Silver as fashion director for the Halston diffusion brands, and Silver is also the on-air personality for the brands on QVC.
D’Loren and his wife Jennifer donated a vintage signature Chanel Jumbo Classic Flag handbag in lambskin with gold-tone hardware for auction. The bag was purchased at vintage couture shop Decades, founded by Silver and known for its collection of designer apparel and accessories dating from the 1920s to the present. The starting bid was $2,500, and the bag ultimately raised $6,200 for Achilles.
Also honored was Dick Traum, the first amputee to finish the New York City Marathon, which he completed in 1976 in seven hours and 24 minutes.
Designer Bibhu Mohapatra, who attended the event, also said that 2016 has been a very difficult year due to the election. “It has everyone at the edge of their seats. After Nov. 8, things will fall into place,” he said.
Mohapatra said earlier in the day, the doorbell rang in his studio and there was a couple — tourists in New York — who wanted to see his collection. They had pulled his Instagram page and wanted to reach out directly, a scenario that the designer said happened eight times over this past summer. Those instances have taught him to closely monitor his Instagram feeds and to really think about what gets posted to better market his brand and connect with his customer, he said.
Also in attendance were: fashion designers Nicole Miller and Elizabeth Kennedy; Bloomingdale’s vice chairman Frank Doroff; ED by Ellen DeGeneres ceo Marisa Gardini; publishing executive Edward Menicheschi and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” actress Christiane Seidel.