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WWD News: Fashion Crowd Raises $1.2M for Hetrick-Martin Institute, Pharrell Williams Partners With Moncler, Ali Ro Expands Into Sportswear, Fashion’s Night Out Rescheduled, Fashion Scoops: Stella’s Gap Encore…

In today’s WWD News, the fashion crowd raises money for Hetrick-Martin Institute, Pharrell Williams collaborates with Moncler, Ali Ro jumps into sportswear, fashions night out is rescheduled by a day and Stella McCartney will design another collection for GapKids for a spring line due out in March!

I wanted to add that I had the fortunate pleasure of attending a Hetrick-Martin Institute fund raiser hosted by the dynamic interior design duo, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg of Yabu Pushelberg, this past March.  It is heart warming to know that there is so much support for the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s mission to service, educate and empower the young gay and lesbian community.  If you would like to donate and help support the cause, go to

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–Nikki Cho Russo


Fashion Crowd Raises $1.2M for Hetrick-Martin Institute



Kimora Lee Simmons, Thomas Krever and Rob Smith. Photo by Courtesy Photo

In an evening filled with humor, emotion and generosity, a crowd of 750 converged on Cipriani Wall Street Nov. 10, raising nearly $1.2 million for the Hetrick-Martin Institute. 

HMI provides a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth between the ages of 12 and 21. More than 1,200 individuals pass through the institute??™s doors at 2 Astor Place every year, where they receive a wide range of services including job assistance, counseling, college guidance, HIV-prevention workshops and hot meals. 

???The fashion community came together and pulled off a 20 percent increase in raising funds this year, and that is a true testament to the support of Hetrick-Martin??™s mission,??? said Rob Smith, Macy??™s executive vice president and general merchandise manager of ready-to-wear, and co-chair of the institute. 

The evening celebrated HMI??™s 30th anniversary, and honored HMI co-founder Joyce Hunter for her commitment to the LGBTQY community, Mayor Bloomberg for his staunch support of LGBT rights and the late Harvey Milk through a stirring video montage and an award presented to his nephew, Stuart Milk. 

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Pharrell Williams Partners With Moncler



A piece from a special edition of men??™s jackets by Moncler and Grammy-winning musician Pharrell Williams. Photo by Courtesy Photo

The news confirms a WWD report on Sept. 10. 

The all-black lineup will make its debut for fall 2010 and includes a ???pacifist??? version of the bulletproof jacket, with Velcro-ed side slits, reversible matte/shiny down vests and elongated puffers. 

Mirroring Williams??™ environmental activism, the jackets are fashioned using textiles from Bionic, a three-year-old company he controls. Bionic spins yarns and fabrics from recycled plastic bottles. 

Williams said he was ???honored??? to join forces with Moncler, noting the project happened on a lark when he met Remo Ruffini, Moncler??™s chairman and creative director, at last year??™s Miami Art Basel showcase. ???I told him I loved his stuff and he offered to do something together, so we started tossing ideas around,??? said Williams. 


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Ali Ro Expands Into Sportswear


Ali Ro is ready to expand. 


Ali Ro will add sportswear to its mix. Photo by Courtesy Photo

The two-year-old contemporary dress brand, owned and operated by brand president Kathleen McFeeters (who also owns the Donna Morgan label), is expanding its mix for spring to include a full range of sportswear. 

???When we launched the line, we always intended for it to be a full collection, but at the time we were in a dress cycle and even the sportswear departments were flooded with dresses,??? McFeeters said. ???We added some separates here and there, but now this is a true full collection for spring.??? 

The spring lineup includes a wide variety of items, including silk blouses with rosette details, solid cotton and printed silk shorts, silk and linen jumpers, boyfriend blazers with cuffed sleeves, a range of skirts and still a large selection of dresses, from a sequin silk tank dress to a brightly printed sundress. The collection wholesales from $79 for a top to $170 for a jacket. 

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Fashion’s Night Out Rescheduled


Next year??™s Fashion??™s Night Out has been rescheduled to Friday, Sept. 10, instead of Sept. 9. 

The change was revealed Wednesday by the organizers, which include the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Vogue and NYC & Company, the city??™s marketing, tourism and partnerships organization. 

The schedule switch was made so Fashion??™s Night Out would not be held during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and to maximize local consumer and tourist participation by holding the event on a weekend evening. The organizers also said they will work closely with the fashion industry to ensure the change in date will not disrupt the ongoing trade activities of fashion week and the shows during that time. 

The first Fashion??™s Night Out was held this past Sept. 10 and was successful in getting crowds out to hundreds of stores in New York City, which stayed open late for designer and celebrity appearances, live windows, musical performances, book signings, and to sell merchandise. Fashion??™s Night Out was also held in several major cities around the world and will next year again go global. 

But while the traffic was strong, many retailers felt people were much busier partying than shopping. However, for the second Fashion??™s Night Out, it??™s expected more incentives to shop will be added. A fashion show of fall 2010 styles for consumers is being considered as well.

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Fashion Scoops: Stella’s Gap Encore…

STELLA??™S ENCORE FOR GAP: Stella McCartney will create a second collection for GapKids and Baby Gap following the success of the first, which debuted earlier this month, WWD has learned. Later today, Gap Inc. plans to reveal McCartney will produce a spring collection for the retailer that will debut in March. Bestsellers from the winter collection include the Miller naval jacket, named after the designer??™s eldest son, Miller Alasdhair James Willis. McCartney had originally signed on for just one season with Gap.

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