Now this is something that is unthinkable in India – A Fashion Editrix hosting a Fundraising Dinner for the Country’s Premier. In fact the very concept of ‘Fundraising’ is alien in Indian politics. Here the political parties still resort to huge under the table donations by Corporate Houses and Individuals to fund their election campaigns. The infamous Reddy Brothers of Mining-gate funded the BJP in their election campaign. Obviously they were rewarded with cabinet berths and lot more.
Anna Wintour of Vogue and Harvey Weinstein and his wife Georgina Chapman (better known as the designer of Marchesa) hosted an exclusive Fundraising Dinner for President Obama at Weinstein’ house in the West Village, New York. Flattering his audience with the line, “This is a pretty good looking crowd,” President Obama made time for a few remarks, some serious (talk of the debt and the global economy) and others less so — he quipped that the 2012 election is different than 2008′s because voters are now thinking, “Obama is gray haired, he doesn’t seem as cool.”
The gathering was glamourous and small with the ticket’s costing as high as $35,800 per person. But it ensured real high-profile attendees. There was Gwyneth Paltrow, Vera Wang, Alicia Keys and Tory Burch amongst the 50 guests at the Weinstein House Fundraising Dinner.
I won’t be surprised if in future I see Anna Wintour running for Mayor of New York!
I heard about this amazing concept – The Divorcée Sale that took place in The Mondrian Hotel at the Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles last month. Jill Alexander—who was once the west coast brand manager for Tory Burch—is the creator of this ecclectic vision that brings in unwanted designer pieces from divorcées around the country.
Wouldn’t it be a great concept – The Divorcée Sale – in India??? Think about it; most of our fashionistas are divorced. One could score serious designer digs from divorcées looking to purge their fashionable excess baggage. It’s good for all; budget fashionistas can pick up stuff. which otherwise they couldn’t afford and the divorcees can do a lot with that extra cash.
Oh yes, you can earn some Karmic points too by sharing the revenue with some charitable organisation. Jill Alexander who originated the concept of ‘The Divorcée Sale’ in L.A shared 25% of the proceeds with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Meredith Israel’s medical fund. Her Sale had a VIP Preview (which is great to create a Page3 event here) before it opened to Public and had goodies from designers like YSL andLanvin to Tory Burch with prices ranging from $50-$2,500.
The Divorcée Sale would be a Big Hit in Delhi, Mumbai or Bengaluru as there are no dearth of rich divorcees with closets full of designer stuff – bags, heels and of course loads and loads of clothes all bought with the flowing moolah of ex husband/s! And nowadays being a ‘Divorcée’ is nothing to be ashamed of.