August 21 2014

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Dancing, Kissing, And Collaborating For The Cause


Normally, it’s the rest of Coco Rocha that’s the moneymaker, but last night the model relied on her feet. Rocha closed out the program at ArtWalk, the annual fundraiser for Coalition for the Homeless, and having promised to do some Irish dancing if bidders pledged an additional $35,000 to the cause, ended up removing her Fendi heels and doing a real-deal jig.

“It is good to have in the back of your pocket,” Rocha said of her of somewhat hidden talent. (She’s shown it off during Fashion’s Night Out and on the runway at Jean Paul Gaultier, among other places.) The 23-year-old’s fancy footwork certainly helped her hold her own among the evening’s other two headliners, Richard Gere and Alec Baldwin.

At one point during bidding, a would-be donor offered $1,000—but demanded that Baldwin include a kiss. After all, getting value for your money is in these days. “This is a rough time for everybody. Even in my business—which, I’m certainly not suffering, but my business has changed also. So the 41,000 people in New York City who are homeless right now, and a large proportion of them kids—this is a really, really sad time,” Gere told

Works by the likes of Jenny Holzer and Ed Ruscha were auctioned off, and Shepard Fairey accepted honors for his marriage of art and advocacy.¬†To benefit the homeless, the artist has created a fundraising print in collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation—a recognition, of sorts, of similar efforts undertaken by the foundation’s namesake in his lifetime.¬†Rauschenberg cared, too, Gere recalled. “He was always difficult and ornery, but he showed up.”

Fendi On Wheels


The 17th annual ArtWalk benefit hits New York tonight, with co-chairs Alec Baldwin, Carey Lowell, Richard Gere, and Coco Rocha hosting one of the social calendar’s most prominent benefit art auctions, with proceeds going to New York City’s Coalition for the Homeless. Shepard Fairey, Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha, and Richard Phillips are among the artists who have donated their work to the silent and live auctions, but it’s a piece from evening sponsor Fendi that may have the evening’s fashion-world attendees buzzing. The label’s Selleria bike has Roman leather seats, wheel and handle covers, pump, basket, and vanity case—and, for the easily misdirected, a leather-covered GPS. ArtWalk? ArtRide!

Photo: Courtesy of ArtWalk

artwalk co-chair alec baldwin won’t jinx election with champagne purchase


The tributee was Robert Rauschenberg, and the evening’s beneficiary was the Coalition for the Homeless, but at last night’s Richard Gere and Carey Lowell-hosted Artwalk auction, topic A on everyone’s mind was the election. Julie Gilhart, for example, had just returned from a canvassing mission in Ohio, and as for “honored guest” Alec Baldwin, (seen here with Kayce Freed Jennings) well, he has some famously strong opinions on the subject of who should be the next president, SNL hobnobbing with Sarah Palin aside. After the live auction slate of works by artists such as Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, and Dennis Oppenheim had passed the gavel, Baldwin confessed to wavering between optimism about the election’s outcome and calculated cynicism. “I haven’t bought any Champagne yet,” Baldwin noted. “I’m trying not to set myself up for disappointment. I mean, you just never know how these things are going to go.” Perhaps in an effort to keep his mind off matters political, Baldwin went ahead and bid on a couple of photographs. Not bidding, but considering doing so, was Emma Snowdon-Jones, and her cheerfully apolitical delight in Arne Svenson’s Stray #4 set a good example for all the attendees on pre-ballot tenterhooks. “I don’t know, I just like it,” she said of Svenson’s photo. “It’s like kitty porn. I think if I had that in my house, I’d just laugh every day.” No matter who’s president.

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