The frenzy of Fashion Week ended last Thursday and what better way to usher out the Spring/Summer 2011 show than to stylishly raise money for cancer research.
Fashion Fights Cancer was again on the front lines of the battle against ‘the Big C’ in a fete’ that once more brought together the fashion forward and a good cause. This time, they honored Vietnamese born, American designer Thuy Diep. A Brown graduate, Thuy first consulted for Price Waterhouse but her upbringing as the daughter of tailors soon caught up with her and she went on to work for a number of top designers inclcuding Carolina Herrera, Peter Som, Zac Posen and United Bamboo. That led to the start of her own label, which includes handbags and accessories, as well as clothing.
It was not just because of her design accomplishments that Ms. Diep was chosen as honoree. It was because of Ms. Diep’s work with organizations like Dress for Success and Shoe4Africa. For the latter, she designed a scarf, the proceeds from which (100%) went to the contsruction of a sorely needed children’s hospital (where there was none) in sub-Saharan Africa.
And lest anyone forget, amidst the revelry and celebrities, the true purpose of being there – a brief presentation, in which Thuy spoke, provided a welcome reminder.
But, fret not – there was much revelry (classy and contained just enough), thanks to the bar (courtesy of MHW ltd., with concoctions made up of Purity Vodka, V & C and Fragoli), catering by Todd English’s The Plaza Food Hall and a tooth-whitener raffled off by Dr. Hemali Ajmera.
All of this in a setting that could not have been more glorious. The duplexed Ana Tzarev Gallery on west 57th St. provided the canvas on which this landscape played out and it is stunning. A pair of two-story golden buddhas stand guard at the entry to the cathedral foyer, while a sprawling spiral staricase and glass elevator await to whisk you upward. Currently, along with Anna’s work (a small print and dvd of which was graciously included in the gift bag), you can find some of Thuy’s Fall 2010 collection (available now) that was a collaboration with Swarovski.
This sparkling event didn’t just happen, however and a lot of work by a number of people (more than can be mentioned here) clearly served in its creation. Chief amongst them: the entire staff of Fashion Fights Cancer, but especially Ty Canty (president) and Nychelle East (PR); Myke Hooper; Melanie Gbowu and all the volunteers. Anyone who has ever been hazed, either directly or through a loved one, by this unmerciful disease – and that’s pretty much everyone – fully appreciates the efforts made.
Credit also to co-hosts Robin Ross of YOUAREONTHELIST.com and Steven Beltrani of CharityHappenings.org., as well as sponsors Thuy, Zink, Starbright Floral Design and Refinery 29. Procceds benefitted Fashion Fights Cancer and Out With Cancer.