10th Annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares
By Andrew Villagomez
Pictured, from left to right: Cyndi Lauper, Emmy Rossum, Andrej Pejic, Sean Avery.
The annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares New York fundraiser brought together the crème of New York's fashionistas on Tuesday to raise awareness (and lots of money) for LGBT organizations and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary aboard The Intrepid on the Hudson River, the event started off with a silent auction while guests and celebs mingled. Founder Jeffrey Kalinsky and event chairs Dan Rothman and Todd Sears were on hand to greet all of the star guests and kicked off the festivities with host Emmy Rossum.
Rossum said she was not only excited to help the cause, but also for the "40 really good looking, somewhat clothed boys" she took a peak at backstage. Later in the evening, male models strutted their stuff on the runway dressed in designs by Christopher Kane, Givenchy, Gucci, Lanvin, Dries Van Noten, Burberry, Valentino, Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, and Mihara Yasuhiro.
Cyndi Lauper presented the Jeffrey Fashion Cares’ Community Leadership Award to legendary Broadway director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell for his successful work with Broadway Bares. Androgynous model and Out100 honoree Andrej Pejic was also present, for the second year in a row. When asked what brought him back, Pejic joyfully giggled: "Well what didn't bring me back! It's on a ship, it's a cute show, cute boys, and a great cause."
The event raised $811,735, with proceeds benefitting the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the Point Foundation, Lambda Legal and the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA). Companies which sponsored and showed support for the cause included Lexus - which brought one of its latest ride's onboard for guests to marvel at and sit behind the wheel for photo ops and Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren, Starwood Hotels and Ketel One Vodka.
Time to start planning for next year!