11th Annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares
By Jesse Steinbach
Pictured, clockwise from top left: Jeffrey Fashion Cares runway show; the 69th Regiment Armory; Jeffrey Kalinsky and Anna Wintour; Anna Chlumsky; Joseph Altuzarra and Prabal Gurung; Audi car.
After taking to the seas aboard The Intrepid last year, for its 11th annual auction, the Jeffrey Fashion Cares fundraiser returned to land on Tuesday, docking at the 69th Regiment Armory, a Beaux-Arts style national landmark in New York City.
The event brought together the most stylish and influential people of the fashion industry, including Anna Chlumsky, Anna Wintour (who we saw leave the event and immediately disappear into a black car, Devil Wears Prada-style), Diane von Furstenberg, Steven Kolb, Steve Madden, Jason Wu, Joseph Altuzarra, and Dennis Basso.
Attendees posed for photographs and schmoozed over champaign, while checking out the silent auction partnered with Gavel&Grand. The cocktail hour was followed by a speech from honorary guest Rob Smith, known for his work in LGBT activism. Then it was time for the showstopper: a sexy, all-male runway presentation.
Jeffrey Fashion Cares was established in 1992 by Jeffrey Kalinsky, owner of the New York retail institution Jeffrey: "Jeffrey Fashion Cares New York is committed to supporting organizations that fight discrimination, support LGBT youth and provide life-saving services for those living with HIV/AIDS by raising funds and ensuring the highest possible percentage goes directly to the beneficiaries," says the fashion pioneer.
Donations from the evening added to the $11 millions dollars Jeffrey Fashion Cares has raised over the past 22 years. Sponsors this year included Audi, The Palette Fund, Nordstrom, the CFDA, US Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Managemnt, Coach, Gavel&Grand and Ketel One Vodka (who served a tasty Grapefruit Julep throughout the night).
Bonus: Anna Wintour leaving the event in her Prada coat
(Photo: Jesse Steinbach)