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Even Kimye Will Come Out for a Good Cause

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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.”

Photo: Getty Images

Designers Come Out Swinging—Just In Time For The U.S. Open

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Opening Ceremony The U.S. Open’s top-tier tennis matches are a chance for the fashion set to celebrate the last days of summer, as we prepare for the month-long marathon of runway shows ahead. Back in June at the Resort collections, we witnessed an uptick in kicky skirts and stretchy sheaths that would fit right in at the tournament. For our date courtside, we’d like to be wearing a deep green pleated leather mini from Alexander Wang or Viktor & Rolf’s flouncy thigh-grazer. As for the courts themselves, we could imagine trendsetting players like the Williams sisters, Ana Ivanovic, or Caroline Wozniacki (sadly, Maria Sharapova withdrew from the tournament last minute due to a shoulder injury) sporting Opening Ceremony’s sporty set or Preen’s fit-and-flare frock during a pre-match warm-up. Positively smashing.

Here, a slideshow roundup of Open-worthy looks.

Runway to Red Carpet: Keeping it Cool

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Maria Sharapova, Beyonce, and Hailee Steinfeld

As the temperatures continue to climb, celebrities are combating the sweltering weather with shorter looks on the red carpet. At Monday night’s premiere of Girl Most Likely, Kristen Wiig’s fresh frock from Viktor & Rolf’s Resort ’14 collection was perfect for battling New York’s ongoing heat wave. Down in Houston, Queen Bey’s postshow pick was a cool crop top and skirt custom designed for her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour by Emilio Pucci‘s Peter Dundas.

In Hollywood, athletes and silver-screen stars rubbed shoulders at Wednesday night’s ESPY Awards. Selena Gomez stood out in a spicy rouge lace number from Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall ’13 runway, and tennis star Maria Sharapova looked sweet and (perhaps more important) comfortable in an iridescent organza dress from J. Mendel’s Resort ’14 range. Farther down the coast, in San Diego, Hailee Steinfeld also opted for a scarlet mini at a special screening of her film Ender’s Game. The actress donned an eye-catching (literally) frock from Kenzo’s Fall ’13 lineup, which was covered with the house’s allover optical print.

Photos: Gregg DeGuire / WireImage (Maria Sharapova); Courtesy of Slim Thug via Instagram @kingsizeslimthugga (Beyonce); Gregg DeGuire / WireImage (Hailee Steinfeld)

Maria Sharapova Goes Sky-High

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Standing tall at 6 feet, 2 inches, Maria Sharapova isn’t afraid of a little height. “Being tall was always a good thing growing up—it’s good for your game. I think at some point, I was like, OK, I’m tall, this is how it’s going to be,” the tennis star laughed about her penchant for heels last night. Sharapova certainly stood out. Along with showing up in four-inch heels accompanied by another vertically gifted guest (her beau, L.A. Laker Sasha Vujacic), she was the main draw for the fête celebrating her latest fall 2010 footwear collection with Cole Haan, co-hosted by Interview in the New Museum’s Sky Room. Going a year strong, the ongoing design collaboration (skyscraper heels and sexed-up corset detailing this season) has Sharapova sketching in her downtime and turning to the Web for inspiration. “I’m a big fan of street-style sites,” she said. “I’ll have this idea and then go and see how somebody might wear it in Paris or London or somewhere else in the world.”

That kind of online trendsetting has served another Cole Haan contributor well: Todd Selby, who’s turned a zoom lens and a yen for interiors into The Selby, his must-visit creatives-in-their-houses photo site. (Street style off the street, as it were.) Selby shot the Cole Haan campaign, but it was his brushwork, not his prints, that was the star this evening; he had a few specially commissioned watercolors up for auction to benefit Common Cents, including one of Sharapova (pictured, with its subject), whom he met on a shoot for the brand. Though, when it comes to the tennis pro’s upcoming U.S. Open turn, he might not be the best to recount ad-ins or match points. “I’m not really a sports kind of guy,” he admitted. “Fashion’s my sport.”

Photo: Chance Yeh / Patrick McMullan

Crystal, Clearly; Parker’s House; And More…

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Yesterday we wondered, today we know. Sarah Jessica Parker has taken on a design role (and, it’s rumored, an executive one) at Halston, where she’ll be working on the secondary Halston Heritage collection. Love or hate the lady, we’re just glad she won’t be displacing Marios Schwab on the main line. [WWD]

The Times becomes the latest outlet to weigh in on plus-size models, sitting down with size-12 superstar Crystal Renn for a chat. “Because I am a plus-size model, [photographers] like to make an example,” she said. “They see a roll, and they say, ‘Ooh, a roll!’ And they focus on it.” Keep it klassy, fashion world. [NYT]

The Journal, meanwhile, capitalizes on the recent vintage-auction trend by checking in with a former communications exec who’s making a life change—and selling her entire wardrobe on eBay. [WSJ]

Today in new directions, part 1: Maria Sharapova for Tag Heuer. The glasses are OK—but can they help you nab your own Enrique? [FWD]

Today in new directions, part 2: Acne furniture by label creative director Jonny Johansson. And, no, they’re not stonewashed. [Grazia]

Photo: Terry Richardson/Courtesy of V