CALL IT THE BLUES: It was an evening of feathers and fundraising at the Cash & Rocket blue tie gala in London Thursday night. The Dorchester hotel ballroom was decked with black plumed candles and blue mood lighting while a pair of acrobats – in tutus and gold body dust – performed for guests including Sir Philip Green, Chloe Green, Julien Macdonald, Natalie Imbruglia, Jodie Kidd and Arizona Muse.
Cash and Rocket is a charity that generates money for grassroots projects in developing nations, and its annual automobile rally features an all-female lineup, including Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, Jodie Kidd, Chloe Green, Michelle Rodriguez and Arizona Muse. On Saturday they will leave the Dorchester and head to Paris, drive through France and Italy, and arrive in Cannes on Tuesday, May 19. This year, participants will raise money for the three charities: OAfrica, Shine on Sierra Leone, and Sumbandila.
Green, who will be taking part in the rally for a second time, said her last trip to South Africa was an emotional one. “After having driven last year and receiving such wonderful support, I decided to make the trip to South Africa to and spend some time with the wonderful kids we helped raise money for,” said Green.
“After five-hour bus ride from Johannesburg, which was extremely long and very hot, we arrived where we were welcomed by singing children of the Ridgeway College. One of the most emotional and moving experiences was when we walked into the college and there were 7 of 600 students who’d been selected, sitting in a room with no idea why they were there. We were there to tell them that they have received scholarships. As they got the news, their face were priceless and the look in their eyes knowing that this was going to be the start of a bright future,” she added.
Stylebop.com has collaborated with Valentino and Cash & Rocket on a limited edition capsule collection which launched on Thursday. Inspired by motor racing, the 13-piece collection includes a cotton gabardine utility jacket with studded heart, walking shorts, utility jumpsuits and black and camouflage Cash & Rocket logo t-shirts. There’s also a black leather studded Va Va Voom shoulder bag, camouflage nylon studded backpack, a silk camouflage scarf and studded black leather driving gloves with a heart motif. Shoes include a suede and leather Rockstud sneaker and black Rockstud pumps. The studded heart motif incorporated into the line is a symbolic emblem for the Valentino and Cash & Rocket’s ongoing collaboration.
After working with the Italian brand on a previous charity initiative, Cash & Rocket founder and ceo Julie Brangstrup developed strong ties with the label to support their latest cause. “The relationship started with Valentino originally donating a dress for the auction and it has grown year on year. This year is our most collaborative to date. I would like the consumer to fall in love with their purchase, but also to understand what we are trying to do and see where their money is going, the good it will do. Just one purchase can potentially change the life of a child and that is empowering on so many levels.”
Prices range from 255 pounds, or $382, for black fingerless driving gloves to 1,730 pounds, or $2,596, for the Va Va Voom shoulder bag. The line is available at stylebop.com.