August 30 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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going another round at the carousel of hope ball


Saturday evening’s Carousel of Hope fundraiser, organized by the Children’s Diabetes Foundation in Beverly Hills, attracted its fair share of Hollywood heavyweights, among them Quincy Jones, George Hamilton, Sidney Poitier, Raquel Welch, and Denzel Washington. Still, none quite stole the limelight as much as hostess-with-the-mostest Barbara Davis, who co-founded the Foundation in 1977 following the diagnosis of her daughter’s diabetic condition. Over $75 million later, Davis’ quest to combat the disease includes the biannual sell-out sit-down dinner, during which the philanthropist extraordinaire opens an evening of entertainment from select guests (this year, the Jonas Brothers headlined) dressed in a signature pink ball gown. Adding to this fairy-tale moment of fashion fancy (at 80 years of age, mind you), the grand dame of fundraising accessorized with a miniaudière Carousel clutch by Judith Leiber. Also paying heed to accessories was co-host Jay Leno, who channeled an Edie Beale moment by joking to the crowd, “I realize there are a few wealthy people in this room tonight, but in light of the economic crisis let us not forget, people—we can always use the napkin as a scarf.”

Photo: Linlee Allen