August 23 2014

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Even Kimye Will Come Out for a Good Cause


Gelila Puck, Franca Sozzani, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian

Last night in L.A., some of the biggest names in fashion, music, film, and food came together at the inaugural gala and auction for Wolfgang and Gelila Puck’s Dream for Future Africa Foundation. Gelila, who was born in Ethiopia, founded the organization in 2010 in order to help the children of Africa. Indeed, it’s a good cause—one that drew everyone from Karolina Kurkova, Angela Lindvall, and Dita Von Teese to Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, and Reed Krakoff. “Tonight as I was getting ready, standing in my closet, this white gown called out to me,” the hostess said of her Deco dress. “I chose to wear white to represent our organic spirit in honor of our mission.”

As guests including Ali Larter, Maria Sharapova, Devon Aoki, and Rachel Zoe mingled, a newly engaged Kanye West and Kim Kardashian arrived just in time to greet the evening’s honoree, Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani. “I doubt Franca knows this, but my first modeling job was with Vogue Italia,” said Amber Valletta while introducing Sozzani to the crowd. She later added that the editor changed the course of her career. Taking the stage to accept her accolade, Sozzani coined the night’s catchphrase: “Giving back is the new luxury.”

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Of Bags And Babies


While a certain set is still hitting the red carpet in Cannes, producer and director J.J. Abrams, wife Katie McGrath, and Coach put forth a decidedly more low-key affair, benefiting the Children’s Defense Fund, last night in Santa Monica. “J.J. and Katie are really known in the entertainment circle as people who really walk the talk,” Mario Bello praised of the night’s co-hosts. And like Bello, Ali Larter (pictured, left) became a supporter of the cause, which provides advocacy for children in need, when she had her own son. “As a mother, you begin to realize how important a cause that supports children is.”

While the likes of Ellen Pompeo, Malin Ackerman (pictured, right), and Kristen Bell enjoyed the rooftop setting at Bad Robot (the headquarters of J.J.’s production company), plenty of guests were busy buying the special edition of the brand’s iconic duffel sac, created in fuschia and teal, with proceeds supporting the charity. And for most, the talk of the evening was how integral a role Coach played in their first “luxury” experience. Jordana Brewster received a bucket bag for her 13th birthday and Alexis Bledel told that her first Coach bag at 13 meant “you were actually getting older and were kind of a grown-up lady.” For Olivia Munn, the meaning ran deep. “I’m first-generation American and all of my aunts when they first came here had these Coach bags,” she said of her vintage collection that now runs 30-deep. “It was something that they bought that made them feel like they were part of America.”

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A Bikini Even A Mother Could Love


It wasn’t until she became pregnant with her son Jo that São Paulo native Amalia Spinardi felt compelled to take the signature Brazilian bikini one step further. “I was pregnant when I decided to do the line and I wanted a bit more of a comfortable fit. I couldn’t wear the Brazilian cuts anymore,” she said of her ambition to design a modern version of the barely-there silhouette. “When you are so exposed in a bikini, your body is almost naked. You really need something that’s comfortable.” And so, Jo de Mer was born, and found a loyal following among Brazilians—even those who thought they’d never trade in their barely-theres.

In Los Angeles to introduce the line to the ladies-who-lunch crowd, Spinardi took turns explaining her near 30-piece-deep collection to the likes of Minnie Mortimer Gaghan, Ali Larter, Jennifer Meyer Maguire, and host Alexandra von Furstenberg (left, with Spinardi). Von Furstenberg, who was first introduced to the line when she was in need of a quick suit for a tropical jaunt, is just one of the many beach-bound who have taken to the line’s subtle play on the signature Brazilian heat. In addition to the best-selling, aptly named Capri string bikini, Spinardi is expanding the selection to caftans, sundresses, and beachwear for Resort. But the bikini remains the line’s resounding focus. “I want the collection to be about simple shapes with lots of texture. Using rich fabrics with simple fits. If you’re going to the beach, it has to be wearable.”

Photo: Donato Sardella