This year’s Macy’s Passport benefit for HIV/AIDS took place in downtown Los Angeles at the gorgeous Orpheum Theater. Taking on a new direction than past shows, Macy’s Passport ushered us into a new era with their show called “Glamorama”. No live auctions this time, but a concise line-up of the best in popular fashion hit the trio of runways in the intimate Orpheum. Dressed in ravishing red and dripping with jewels, LaToya Jackson introduced a heart-wrenching video of people who have been helped by the APLA (Aids Project Los Angeles) and Project Angel Food. The true spirit of the night’s show was not forgotten with the remarkable stories told by those helped by these two glorious organizations.
Designers Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Marc by Marc Jacobs, I.N.C., Felina/Jezebel, 2(x)ist, Tracey Reese, Hugo Boss, Just Cavalli and Material Girl each had a show stopping fashion show of the latest Fall line. Recording artist Eric Hutchinson performed his catchy, folksy music, a magical opening by Chris March as well as Grammy-award winning artist Macy Gray, who headlined the show.
This year, Tommy Hilfiger celebrates 25 years of classic American designs and kicked off the first fashion show of the night. Seamlessly, each show came and went with the audience cheering excitedly for the models. The overall trend of the night was dressing up is finally back. Classic suits for men and polished dresses with boots for women dominated the runway. Marc by Marc Jacobs had a clever way of using the stage with floor to ceiling wooden doors stamped with “MJ” opening and closing as each model came and left the runway.
My favorite segment of the show was Material Girl’s fashion show featuring tween and junior clothing designed by Madonna’s daughter Lola. Clips of her mother’s videos were played behind the choreographed models on the stage. One particular little girl stole the show with a re-enactment of Madonna’s Material Girl video complete with hot pink satin dress and a fantastic bow bigger than her head! The clothes were fun, punky and appropriate for the spunky girl in your life. Lots of tutus, tights and studded belts- in the vain of the 1980’s of course.
Although Macy’s Passport has changed the format compared to past shows, the new Macy’s Passport is perfect for the times we live in now. With all the suffering with HIV/AIDS felt around the world, it’s comforting to know that companies like Macy’s are still generous even with the economic downturn. Giving hope to people living with HIV/AIDS is so important because it’s a disease that knows no boundaries. Fashion and compassion make a fabulous couple. Viva “Glamorama”!
Check out the video of red carpet ( Ross Matthews says “Hi” to Teacups & Couture!) and show below:
photos: Babak Bina
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