THE BLUE JACKET FASHION SHOW
New York Fashion Week started off with a series of menswear shows. Among a sea of lesser-known menswear designers was Tom Ford, the only “big” name that came out of that situation. Fortunately, the only place to see over ten other noted designers, all together in one massive showcase was the BLUE JACKET FASHION SHOW at Chelsea Pier, that brought awareness and funds to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Kudos to The Blue Jacket Fashion Show founders FREDERICK ANDERSON and his business partner LAURA MILLER, the best menswear designers were paired with an impressive cadre’ of celebrities from the fashion, sports, medical and entertainment worlds for an amazing runway show.
So, with comedian JUDY GOLD, serving as the show’s MC, doing an old-school flavor of campy commentary, there was Dr. OZ opening the show in a tailored plaid blue suit by designer BRUNO MAGLI, followed by Barney’s SIMON DOONAN in an ensemble by THOM BROWNE, complete with kitten heeled shoes and a purse in the image of a brown puppy. Of course, that whole image brought the audience to thunderous applause. It was old-school `camp’ in all its fierceness. Actor ERIC WEST came down the catwalk in a shiny, casual, blue shorts and top pairing by designer DUCKIE BROWN. Photographer & TV Host NIGEL BARKER modeled a JOSEPH ABBOUD blazer, turtleneck, and slacks combined. Young actor JEREMY CARVER modeled the blue fur jacket from SON JUNG WAN and comedian/actor MARIO CANTONE graced the catwalk in a dapper GEOFFREY BEENE business suit.
SUITED TO CHARM
There were three models in dazzling outfits by designer GUSTAVO MOSCOSO. Molded from fitted blazers in blue and red sequins, all three were embossed in intricate jeweled patterns on the back and one featured dangling `fringed’ sleeves. BILL NYE charmed the enthusiastic audience when he eased down the catwalk in a blue lame jacket by NICHOLAS GRAHAM of Joe Boxer fame. DOMINIC FUMUSA modeled a TODD SNYDER ensemble, while NFL’s New York Jets star BUSTER SKRINE (pronounced Screen) modeled a dapper JOHN VARVATOS blazer, shirt, and pants trio. Former top model ALEX LUNDQVIST rocked a STEPHEN FERBER suit.
DR MIKE was a crowd’s favorite modeling a fitted, hot navy suit from the RYAN SEACREST DISTINCTION COLLECTION. A huge runway favorite was the incredible loveable, CNN News Anchor DON LEMON wearing an ensemble by THEORY. Broadway actor/singer BILLY PORTER closed out the misc-en-scene in a three-piece casual look by designer MICHAEL KORS.
This was a fantastic show for a very worthy cause and everyone who stepped up should be praised and congratulated for a job well done. The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993, PCF has raised more than $740 million and provided funding to more than 2000 research programs at more than 200 cancer centers and universities. The PCF global research enterprise extends to 19 countries and funds a robust research portfolio. PCF advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds for transformational cancer research. Its efforts have helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer.