Sunday, March 4, 2007

Designing for a higher cause

Lydia Hearst
Anait Bian
Fabiola Beracasa
Steve Madden
Designers For Darfur, founded by designer Malcolm Harris (Mal Sirrah, Inc.) and model Lydia Hearst-Shaw, in association with “FT-Fashion Television” and Steve Madden, hosted a charity fashion show to raise funds and awareness on behalf of the Save Darfur Coalition.

For the event, close to 100 of America’s leading designers each created a complete ensemble in red, yellow, green or black and featured in a star-studded fashion show. The fashion industry’s top models, hair and make-up artists as well as wardrobe stylists contributed their time, talent and assistance to show commitment and solidarity toward ending the atrocity of genocide currently taking place in Darfur.

Participating runway designers included: Mal Sirrah, Donna Karan, L.A.M.B., Heatherette, Baby Phat,Chado Ralph Ru and & Chris, Carlos Miele, John Bartlett, Bonnie Young, Luca Luca, Nicole Miller, Costume National and many, many more.

Steve Madden was the presenting sponsor and providing footwear for all the designers. The Fashion Show was streamed live on eBay followed by a live auction of the specially-created runway designs with 100% of all profits going directly to the Save Darfur Coalition.
Michelle Rodriguez and Anand Jon
Melissa Berkelhammer
Alison Minton and Alexander Wraith
Lydia Hearst
Malcolm Harris and Lydia Hearst
Michele Gerber Klein, Gideon Lewin, and Joanna Mastroianni
Palm Beach Friends of Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel's Red Cross, hosted its annual Gala, "MDA Does Broadway" starring Elaine Paige, at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. Chairs for the event were Lois and Dick Frieder and Robbi and Bruce Toll. The evening’s special honoree was Lois Pope. Some of those attending included Sydell Miller, Michele and Howard Kessler, Llwyd Ecclestone, Kathy and Alan Bleznak, Alexander and Renate Dreyfoos, Tom Quick and Carole and Barry Kaye.

The Palm Beach Friends of Magen David Adom held two other events this season -- a kickoff party at a private home in Palm Beach, and a major donor dinner at a private home in Palm Beach.
Bernice Friedman and Larry Kornblith
Diana and Llwyd Ecclestone
Elinor and Mort Wapner
Fraeda and Bill Kopman
Harriett and Morton Freedman
Jean and Fred Sharf
Dale and Doug Anderson with Jane Korman
Jacqueline Goldman and Alma Catsman
Joseph and Phyllis Gurwin
Michele and Howard Kessler
Lois and Dick Frieder
Rhoda and David Chase
Ralph and Muriel Saltzman
Robbi and Bruce Toll
Jimmy Choo celebrated the opening of their latest boutique in Bal Harbor with a brunch benefiting Miami City Ballets Partners En Pointe. Miami's top socialites and shoppers turned out to sip on Bellini's and slip on fabulous shoes from the Vintage and resort collection. Tina Carlo, Chair of Partners en Pointe along with Julie Dill, Tiffany Grippando, Kristen Munroe, Jenifer Pfleger and Amanda Zacharia joined Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon and President Robert Bensoussan in hosting the event.
Kristin Munroe, Amanda Zanarini, Tina Carlo, Tamara Mellon, Julie Dill, Tiffany Grapando, and Jennifer Phleger
Christina Getty Maerks and Caroline Berthet
Alison Zhuk, Treea Sokol, and Asher Zhuk
Natalia Miyar
Belkys Nerey, Lisa Petrillo, Norma Quintero, and Cherly Stevenson
Abby Zanarini, Kristin Munroe, and Charlotte Hicks
Lydia Prio touzet, Dana Schear, and Courtney Parmenter
Wednesday night, two weeks ago, at the Salvatore Ferragamo Gallery of the flagship store on Fifth Avenue, they celebrated the opening night of “Water”, a contemporary art show curated by Blair Voltz Clarke on behalf of Salvatore Ferragamo. The event benefited Riverkeeper, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. ’s organization. Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and to safeguard New York City's and Westchester County's drinking water supply.

While Mr. Kennedy’s work gets attention because of his high profile name, its crucial importance continues to go largely unheralded, which is ironic considering the fact that without clean water to drink (and wash and wash our fruits and vegetables in), we will be deprived of long and healthy lives.

Meanwhile, in the gallery guests enjoyed the works of Oliver Boberg, Adam Cvijanovic, Sandra Hamburg, Stuart Hawkins, McKendree Key, Cmeron Martin, Vincent Mazeau, Lordy Rodriguez, Peter Sarkisian, Mike Solomon, Alec Soth, Royb Wynne and Art Production Fund.

The event brought out the glittery young social set with its stars Ivanka Trump, Amanda Hearst, Lauren Bush, Lorraine Bracco, Tinsley Mortimer, Casey Spooner, Lorenzo Borghese, Carson Kressley, Robert Verdi, Will Cotton, Mrs. Clarke, Celerie Kemble, Gillian Hearst, Euan Rellie, Dabney Mercer, Becca Cason Thrash, CeCe Cord, Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict, and Barbara Wilhelm.
Amanda Hearst
Blair Clarke
Celerie Kemble
Ivanka Trump
Sandra Hamburg
Amanda Hearst and Ivanka Trump
Carson Kressley
Casey Spooner
Lorraine Bracco
Rose Dergan and Will Cotton
Ryan Boyle and Lauren Bush
Tinsley Mortimer

Photographs by ©Patrick McMullan (Darfur & Ferragamo).