What does it look like to build a virtual gala?
With the spring charity circuit sufficiently canceled, can the gala scene be taken digitally? The first such attempt, kicks off this week.
“I saw first-hand how for these incredible institutions that had decades-running events it was no longer feasible for those to occur,” said Larry Milstein. Milstein was co-chair of the Frick Collection’s Young Fellows Ball before it was canceled. “But there was still this real sense of interest and untapped potential for people to step up and support important causes.”
So together with his sister Toby, Milstein is throwing a “virtual gala” this Thursday, with 100 percent of the funds benefiting the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the International Medical Corps.
Around 200 guests, who will be sent digital invites, will pay a recommended donation fee of $25 and be invited to log onto a Zoom call, beginning at 6 p.m. EST. The dress code is open-ended; if you want reason to bust out a favorite spring gown now shelved, by all means, or if you want to rock “your favorite groutfit or your comfy pair of sweats, with a glass of wine,” Milstein says, “more power to you.” The expected crowd will include familiar faces of the New York social scene.
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We are wrapping up #WomensHistoryMonth with essential feminist books to read right now according to
@Dior's outspoken women's designer, @mariagraziachiuri.
Below are books that Chiuri believes should be on every feminist’s bookshelf:
1. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
2. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
3. Speculum of the Other Woman by Luce Irigaray
4. Taci, Anxi Parla by Carla Lonzi
What can the world learn from Shanghai’s first online Fashion Week?
Shanghai Fashion Week’s online experiment in partnership with Alibaba’s Tmall came to an end Monday evening. As the first purely digital fashion week, it provides valuable insights and lessons for brands and fashion week organizers around the world to rethink their strategies amid the coronavirus outbreak, especially when fashion weeks over the summer have all been canceled.
Some 150 brands showcased their fall 2020 collections while selling items from the current season via live streaming to Tmall’s 800 million active users. Over 2.5 million people watched the fashion week’s opening ceremony, and 6 million watched the shows on the first day. Women from the ages of 26 to 35 living in first- and second-tier cities made up three-quarters of the audience.
“There is no limit to the number of fans, clients, press and new eyes that you can have on your work with this format. We had a little more than 3,000 tuned into ours, and it’s helpful to imagine what a stadium of that many fans would look and sound like in real life,” said Joshua Hupper, cofounder of Babyghost.
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A steep global recession is predicted in COVID-19’s wake.
The projections of the coronavirus damage to the global economy have moved rapidly from bad to worse.
Forecasting firm IHS Markit said the fallout is on track to be much more severe than the recession following the 2008 financial crisis.
Just weeks ago, IHS predicted the global economy would manage to grow by 0.7 percent this year — indicating just how swiftly the outlook has changed as more businesses shutdown and workers go home as commerce grinds to a halt.
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