Last night, fashion’s most fabulous boarded the Intrepid on Pier 86 in New York City to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Jeffrey Fashion Cares, an annual charity benefit created by Jeffrey Kalinsky, our EVP of Designer.
Twenty years ago, Kalinsky established Fashion Cares in Atlanta, Georgia, with the goal of bringing awareness to the plight of people living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ community. In 2003 he brought his benefit to Manhattan and has since raised over $4 million for LGBT and LGBT-youth charities in NY that include ACRIA, the Hetrick Martin Institute, Lambda Legal and the Point Foundation.
“I live for the day when there will be a cure for AIDS and equality for every man and woman in this country. Tonight is about gay rights and even in a greater context human rights,” said Jeffrey (pictured left).
The evening was hosted by Showtime’s Shameless star Emmy Rossum (pictured right), who dazzled in a beaded gold Naeem Khan resort ’13 dress. “I grew up singing in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, surrounded by costumes and creative people. So fashion has always been a form of creative expression for me,” said the Golden Globe-nominated starlet. “I style myself, and I love everything about fashion—it’s just fun. I’ve been looking forward to the runway show and lots of cute boys.”
Attendees were treated to a menswear fashion show that included 41 looks handpicked by Jeffrey from the likes of Dries Van Noten, Burberry and Valentino. Head over to the Men’s Shop Daily blog for complete runway coverage.
Pop star and longtime LGBT activist Cyndi Lauper (pictured right) was on hand to present the Jeffrey Fashion Cares’ Community Leadership Award to Broadway legend and Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (pictured left), who directed and choreographed such shows as Legally Blonde: The Musical; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and The Full Monty.
Australian model Andrej Pejić and reality TV star Kelly Bensimon (pictured right) mingled and sipped champagne aboard the Intrepid.
Noted designer Thakoon Panichgul walked the red carpet in support of this milestone.
The industry’s biggest models were on the scene. L to R: Jasmine Tookes, Zach Stenmark, Ireland Baldwin, Jordan Stenmark and Chrissy Teigen.
The event raised $811,735 through ticket sales, donations and a live silent auction. We want to congratulate Jeffrey on being not only a fashion pioneer, but also a community leader.