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April 19 2014

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31 posts tagged "Karolina Kurkova"

Michael Kors Fights Hunger

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Seriously, is there anything Michael Kors hasn’t done? After building an international fashion mega-brand, winning a slew of design awards, and serving as a wacky but lovable judge on Project Runway, Kors is looking to add “cured hunger” to his résumé. Today, the designer announced that he has partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme in an effort to alleviate the international hunger crisis. This is, however, not the first time Kors has dedicated himself to this cause: Last year, he donated $5 million to God’s Love We Deliver, an initiative that brings meals to those living with severe illnesses in New York City, Newark, and the Hudson County.

“I wanted to commit our company to something with global impact, because we’re a global brand,” Kors told Style.com. “The World Food Programme is working to solve the problem of world hunger, and I’m thrilled to be joining forces with them. It’s exciting that we are engaging in an effort with the potential to help so many people.”

Founded fifty years ago, the WFP feeds more than ninety million people in seventy countries each year, and has deemed hunger “the world’s most solvable problem.” For his part, Kors plans to raise millions of dollars over the next few years via a series of campaigns and initiatives. Come March, Kors will release two unisex watch styles for his “Watch Hunger Stop” campaign. The sale of each watch will help feed one hundred children. And today the designer kicks things off with a PSA, which, aiming to promote awareness for the cause, features fashion, music, and film stars like Seth Meyers, Bette Midler, Alexandra Richards, Olivia Munn, Cody Horyn, Karolina Kurkova, and more. For information on how you can help, watch Kors’ film (above) or visit the designer’s Web site.

Plus-Ones: Who’ll Be Arm-In-Arm At The Met On Monday

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Last night’s model-packed dinner for Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing reminded you of what you already knew: The world is in town for Monday’s Met gala. Rousteing had flown in from Paris for the occasion, as had his fellow designer Anthony Vaccarello, also in attendance. And so, too, had some of the runway’s top models, who are fitting the gala in between their hectic shooting schedules. So who’s going with whom?

Rousteing revealed that he’s taking Joan Smalls as his date, though he couldn’t say what she’d been wearing: He made four dresses, and Joan will make her own pick. Vaccarello is taking Anja Rubik, who closed his Fall ’12 show. Constance Jablonski, who spent dinner tête-à-tête with Kasia Struss, will be with Haider Ackermann. And Karlie Kloss, fresh from shooting in Bahia, will accompany Jason Wu. “He comes up to about my waist,” the Amazonian model said with a laugh. “But it’s his own fault. He picks the shoes!”

In other Met news, Roland Mouret will bring Doutzen Kroes, and Chanel will bring Gaspard Ulliel, the French actor who is the face of its Bleu de Chanel fragrance. Nordstrom’s table, hosted by Pete Nordstrom and Jeffrey Kalinsky, will seat several of the nights heavy hitters: Alexander Wang with Azealia Banks; Erdem Moralioglu with Arizona Muse; Rachel Zoe with Karolina Kurkova and Zoe’s husband Rodger Berman; and Thakoon Panichgul with Christina Ricci.

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

The Greatest Timepiece Of All Time?

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Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen opened its new Madison Avenue flagship Wednesday night with a party celebrating Muhammad Ali, the namesake of the latest version of its Big Pilot’s Watch and subject of the exhibition, lensed by Howard Bingham, unveiled at the store. Evander Holyfield and Larry Holmes both turned up in Muhammad Ali Big Pilot watches designed to look like the legend’s red gloves, while Ali’s daughter Miya watched from the sidelines.

But the event was far from ring pros only. Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth and Karolina Kurkova were on hand, as was a very pregnant Adriana Lima, who cut the store’s ribbon with CEO Georges Kern. “This is my husband’s favorite watch brand,” said Lima, wearing a men’s watch style herself. “It makes me feel tough!” Lost star Matthew Fox had one, too, which he said suited his offscreen hobby: flying. “I’ve been waiting for one of these watches for a year and a half,” he said. “It tells UTC time, which as a pilot, is the time you use for everything you do.”

IWCs are an offscreen, rather than onscreen, indulgence for guests Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello, too. It’s hard to imagine a luxury watch figuring into their next film, Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper flick Magic Mike. “I wore head-to-toe gold paint,” said Manganiello of his costume, “accessorized with a fig leaf.” “I got very comfortable in G-strings,” Tatum added. Both prepped for their parts with extreme fitness regimes. So who’d win in the ring? “Well, I know who’d win in a dancing competition,” laughed Manganiello. “Channing, hands down.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus / BFAnyc.com

A Healthy Breakfast

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On the ride up to the seventh floor of the Museum of Arts and Design today, Arianna Huffington and Maria Cornejo chatted on the need for coffee and other morning matters. It was half past 8 a.m. after all, and Huffington was a panel member for the CFDA Health Initiative’s “A Well-Balanced Life” discussion. (The news magnate was joined by other busy ladies: Elettra Wiedemann, Monique Péan, Karolina Kurkova, and moderator Alina Cho, who brightened the room in a sunny yellow print frock.) The conversation covered practical tips. Huffington, for one, sang the praises of getting a full night’s sleep. “For me, there is nothing more healing,” she told the audience that included Francisco Costa, Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, and Olivier Theyskens. She also touched on something she nattily called “GPS for the soul,” which includes activities that keep people centered (read: weekend yoga). Wiedemann, meanwhile, recommended self-development, such as enrolling in graduate classes. And Péan, a former Wall Street banker turned jewelry designer, advised carrying on-the-go protein during fashion week.

With focus turning to the show season and tough casting decisions, the mood veered in a more serious direction. Kurkova related the pressures models face with body weight and image. In her successful career, she has dealt with health issues, she said, and teared up when mentioning her husband’s devout support throughout that rough patch. Huffington talked about her youngest daughter Isabella, who battled an eating disorder at age 12. But if there was one takeaway from the morning go-around, it was that mentors help light the way. Wiedemann said her father was her rock. For example, when she had to wear a back brace as a young teen (“it was real-life Romy and Michele,” she said), he steered her toward swimming. He was also a former model and he met her mother, Isabella Rossellini, on the set of a Calvin Klein shoot. To which Wiedemann cheered to Costa, “Thanks, Francisco!”

Photo: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com

Carine’s Calendar Girls

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Carine Roitfeld stuck to using “real people” (as opposed to models) for her guest-edited issue of Vman, due out February 14. The exception: the bonus pinup girl calendar, shot by Willy Vandeperre, featuring “supermodels and Victoria’s Secret Angels, 12 of the planet’s most celebrated creatures.” Roitfeld dressed the girls, including Joan Smalls, Miranda Kerr, Adriana Lima, and Karolina Kurkova, in an assortment of Victoria’s Secret lingerie and customized pink American Apparel jackets. Style.com has the exclusive first look at the full calendar. Here, a few of our favorite months.

Photos: Willy Vanderperre