August 27 2014

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Clinton’s Way


While Paris’ week of défilés and fashion fêtes finally drew to an end, a coterie of New York and Hollywood power brokers, including Bill Clinton, Ivanka Trump, and Wyclef Jean, convened at the School of Visual Arts Theater in Chelsea last night for the premiere of The Way, benefiting the Walkabout Foundation. The heartwarming film stars Golden Globe-winning actor Martin Sheen as a father who loses his son and treks through El Camino de Santiago.

The film had Donna Karan thinking about her own travels—the designer is gearing up for her Eat, Pray, Love odyssey to Haiti, Australia, and Bali. “I love to travel,” Karan told, sporting her quintessential urban warrior look, including an African mask necklace she found in Senegal and recycled horn cuffs from Haiti. “I’ve always been obsessed with anything handcrafted and artisanal; it’s the story of my life,” Karan said. Never one to shy away from steroidal bling, honorary chair Ivanka Trump reveled in her eponymous diamond line and in her new role as mom. “It’s been unreal,” gushed Trump about her 3-month-old daughter Arabella. Still, she admits, “it’s good not to be nine and a half months pregnant.”

But the real showstopper, before the crowd defected to the after-party at the Mondrian Soho, was when host President Bill Clinton took to the podium, causing the audience to erupt into a standing ovation. Ever the media darling, Clinton started directing shots while posing for a phalanx of photographers, prompting his daughter, Chelsea, to quip to a nearby handler, “He’s always a stage manager.”

Photo: Cindy Ord / Getty Images

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