Every year for the past 27 years, the generosity of Macy’s and American Express show through in an event called Macy’s Passport –Fashion and Compassion Come Together. More than $28 million has been raised over the years for HIV/AIDS services, prevention and research and have recently added Feeding America to its organizations allowing impoverished families eat during these difficult economic times.
This year’s show brought back Founding Chair, Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Although the legend’s speech was short, it most certainly was sweet. Dripping in jewels and a powder blue and silver silk embroidered long tunic dress, Dame Taylor looked her usual glamorous self and still passionate about the cause.Another Macy’s Passport veteran, Sharon Stone returned with her usual femme-fatale style wearing a sexy, black knee-length dress and a chic, tight chignon. Stone skipped the usual auctions this year, and instead got hefty donations from the charitable audience.
Standout segments in the show included a live dance performance by the Harajuku Girls (Love, Angel, Music, Baby) accompanied by local elementary and junior high students. With costumes in the Japanese ‘kawaii’ (‘cute’ for Japanese) fashion, the young dancers took us to Harajuku without leaving our seat! It was fantastic! Think pretty, pink, punk meets Hello Kitty, which is the Harajuku style.
A segment called Casanova, evoked a Venetian experience with the beautiful operatic voice of Melody Moore and daring aerial acrobatics. The stage was transformed to a Canal in Venice complete with masked masquerade dancers and lots of velvet, brocade, and candelabras. This show belonged to menswear designer, Tallia Orange, with lush, velvet, smoking jackets and suits in deep jewel tones of plum and sapphire.
With vampire-mania everywhere today, it was impossible not to get bitten eventually. Glampire, a segment featuring Marc by Marc Jacobs, Moschino, Nanette Lepore and others, was a coed fashion show with the most vampy of the Goth trends this season. With bustled dresses in taffeta, frilly Elizabethan collars and cuffs, more velvet than Velvet Jones, the season’s trends translated into a Transylvanian dream.
Far from Transylvania, lingerie and underwear company, b.tempt’d by Wacoal and Papi journeyed us through an exotic tropical forest with a shower rain on the stage. The drenched female models dressed in delicate lingerie and alluring, tropical flowers sprouted from their backs like wings, was reminiscent of a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. As for the men, they, too, were drenched, and in underwear. That’s all I have to say!
The three tremendous designers of the night were Calvin Klein (who was in the audience), Hugo Boss and special guest Rachel Roy, whose collection debuted this summer at all Macy’s stores. Each had their own segment of fashion shows showcasing their season’s bests. Other’s participating in the show were American classic, Levi’s, and American Rag.
An Outdoor Market Place was the theme of the before and after party featuring a plethora of local foods and spirits, including Sprinkles cupcakes, Chaya and Don Francisco coffee. The focus was on organic, local foods and environmentally safe products for a sustainable future.
After taking a visual fashion trip around the world, you realize the world is actually small and people are connected in some way. That night, Fashion and Compassion came together again and made a difference in people’s lives for the needy, hungry and ill, thanks to the altruism of Macy’s and American Express.
photos: Babak Bina (my big bro!)