Vera Wang didn’t want to leave all the fun to Nicole Miller when it comes to doing a little charity work while putting on a fashion show. The designer known for emerging from bridal to ready-to-wear, has announced that she is auctioning off two tickets to her Fall 2013 RTW show.
Bidding opened up at $550, and the auction for the experience is currently up to $2,050. While that’s no small amount of cash, at least bidders can rest easy knowing that their money is being put to good use; All of the proceeds from the auction will go to The Promise Project, a non-profit organization aimed at changing the lives of children who have learning disabilities. Specifically, the organization is dedicated to helping underserved children with learning disabilities get the support they need to learn.
People interested in seeing the show and helping out a worthy organization can check out the auction here.
Dressed in her signature turtleneck sweater paired with sparkly Vera Wang pants, Polly Mellen held the entire auditorium at the 92Y in rapt attention on Wednesday evening during a conversation with Fern Mallis.
In about an hour and a half, the pair walked through Mellen’s noteworthy fashion history, beginning with her parent’s influence in molding her career path, following her beginnings at Lord & Taylor, and resulting in a legendary tenure atVogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Allure. To a stylish crowd that included Bruce Weber, Kate Lanphear, and Douglas Keeve, Mellen shared stories, words of advice, and a peek into moments that made up her life in the industry. ”I was the spoiled brat of the fashion world. I know it. I knew it. And I loved it,” Mellen said with her signature giggle.
Last season Vera Wang went through the looking glass, showing an Alice in Wonderland-inspired collection that, though lovely, didn’t have a firm grasp on the real-life needs of women. The designer hasn’t quite planted her feet on terra firma for Fall: The soaring arches of cathedrals provided the show’s architectural photo print, and, more crucially, there were some of the same troubling issues with transparency. But there were other indications here that she’d absorbed the criticisms and was moving on.
The show started on a promising note. Look 2 included an oversize nude wool parka with a detachable hood and great-looking tailored flare pants—definitely a first chez Wang. And there was more cool, creative outerwear later on, in the form of sleeveless jackets with swooping raccoon collars—just the things to wear over cashmere sweaters when the weather starts to turn cold. A sleeveless sheath in a steely gray jacquard, meanwhile, looked right up the alley of Oscar nominee Viola Davis, who sat in the front row.