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NYFW: Go Red For Women! Backstage at the Red Dress with Joan Jett, Taryn Manning, AnnaSophia Robb…

Lara Eurdolian, Joan Jett Heart Truth Red Dress showLiterally every season during the fall shows I look forward to the Go Red for Women Heart’s Red Truth fashion show. Considering heart disease is the #1 killer of women it’s so great that so many celebrities, designers and women come together to team up with Go Red For Women and raise awareness for this great cause. 

Clinique Celebrates Dramatically Different Lotion+

Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion+

Rectangular bottle, green writing, yellow moisturizer… it can only be one thing: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion by Clinque. We all know it, most of us have used it — it’s the essential last step in the Clinique’s 3-Step Skincare System. Now it’s common to have a skincare routine but growing up this was my first introduction to a ‘cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize’ regimen. My story, coupled with the millions of people globally who share a similar experience is what makes this brand and this lotion so iconic.

On Tuesday night, Clinique invited me to Dramatically Different Party. Hosted at 620 Loft and Garden in Rockefeller Center, the party celebrated the launch of a NEW Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+.

Here’s a taste of the evening…

So why after so many decades did Clinique reformulate such a staple product?

FIAF Presents The Power Of Style with André Leon Talley, Rachel Roy, Mary Alice Stephenson {NYC EVENTS}

fiaf, rachel roy

This week, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is kicking off The Power of Style, a series of talks featuring fashion experts, designers, and entrepreneurs who are reimagining the significance of style.  The panels will be hosted in NYC (details below) and are open to the public. Admission is $20 per event for FIAF Members, $25 for Non-Members.

Here’s the Schedule:

Wednesday, April 10 at 7pm – Style for Social Change: Fashion’s New Philanthropists with Rachel Roy and Mary Alice Stephenson.

WHERE: FIAF—Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue)

Meet two innovative leaders who are redefining fashion as a tool for social empowerment and improvement. Designer and entrepreneur Rachel Roy and celebrity stylist, beauty expert, and founder of Glam4Good, Mary Alice Stephenson, share inspiring stories and ideas on how style can change lives.

Monday, April 15 at 7pm – Celebrating the Little Black Dress with André Leon Talley. 

WHERE: FIAF—Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue)

The little black dress is a wardrobe icon and an important reflection of social trends. Join renowned fashion authority, television personality, and Vogue Contributing Editor André Leon Talley as he traces

Harper’s Bazaar and Jeffrey’s Hosts Jeffrey Fashion Cares Event

Jeffrey Kalinsky thanking guests for their support of Jeffrey Fashion Cares
Sonja Morgan with blogger Jonanthan Valdez

Last night, Harper’s Bazaar and one of my favorite-if-I-could-afford-it stores, Jeffrey’s hosted an exclusive event to thank supporters of the Jeffrey Fashion Cares program. Hosted Harper’s Bazaar, editor in chief,  Glenda Bailey, and Mr. Jeffrey himself, Jeffrey Kalinsky, and designers Derek Lam, Peter Som and Rachel Roy it was quite an honor to be in the presence of so many wonderful fashion veterans.

Jeffrey Fashion Cares, is an organization that raises funds and awareness for people living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ community.  Over the past 18 years, Jeffrey Fashion Cares has raised nearly $11 million for LGBT and LGBT youth charities and non-profit organizations, with 95% of every dollar raised going directly to beneficiaries through the New York and Atlanta events.

For those of you in NYC that would like to get involved, or attend the next Jeffrey Fashion Cares New York benefit, which will be held on March 26th visit jeffreyfashioncares.com

Celebrating World Oceans Day with La Mer and Oceana

Inside World Oceans Day with La Mer

In honor of World Oceans Day 2011, luxury skincare brand, La Mer donated $200,000 to Oceana, the world’s largest international ocean advocacy organization to help protect and raise awareness for our water systems. Additionally, La Mer partnered with Soundwalk, the international collective that offers audio tours, by creating the Seven Seas Sound Mix; an iPhone and iPad application featuring interviews with seven notable ocean enthusiasts, (leading solo sailor Samantha Davies; adventurer/environmentalist David de Rothschild of the Plastiki expedition; actress/director, Melanie Laurant; actor Liu Ye; actress Rinko Kikuchi; designer Philippe Starck; and world champion free diver Guillaume Nery), who describe their love for the sea and offer an exploratory experience though seven different bodies of water.

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder

I was pleased although not completely surprised that Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder (appearing in quite the spiffy hat) were there. As I learned from his speech at The First Amendment Party in DC, Ian is quite the environmentalist! (He even has his own foundation: http://www.isfoundation.com/).

In true La Mer fashion, it was an elegant affair, and just the excuse I needed to put on a cocktail dress and bare the rain… again (enough with the rain already!). Hosted at Affirmation Arts, the space was a cocktail party meets art exhibit with images of the seven featured environmentalists hanging on the surrounding walls. Unique but unbelievably tasty hors d’oeuvres were served (it was very sashimi meets raw vegetables health heavenly-ness) –with the ever so appreciated complimentary handsome, male wait staff.

Additional guests in attendance included Molly Sims, Kerry Washington, Theodora Richards, Rachel Roy, and Nora Zehetner.

Nora Zehetner and Kerry Washington
Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder
Molly Sims

Friday Night At The Darby

The Darby
With my Frenchie!

From the same owners as 1 OAK and Butter, Scott Sartiano and Richie Akiva opened the new supper club, The Darby. I have to say I didn’t have high expectations for the restaurant. I read some review on Eater where a guy went there and was charged $2 extra for getting his drink on the rocks. When the website asked the GM for the explanation he said,

“Drinks with ice get a bigger pour…We charge more because we use more alcohol for a drink served with ice. We’re not charging for the ice…Clearly, this person doesn’t go out much and doesn’t know how things work.”

That basically translated to me as this is a totally douche restaurant that wants to be sceney and needs to get over itself. Needless to say it wasn’t my first choice, but I had a friend in town from France and was not going to miss out on the welcome dinner.

Before even stepping foot in The Darby, I received an email confirmation for my party of 8 saying “On Friday and Saturday evenings, a $25 per person Entertainment Fee is added to all Guest checks.”  Reading this only drilled my original suspicion in further.  Here’s the thing, places like The Darby in

Some Valentine’s Advice from Rachel Roy + The Man Repeller

Are you having Valentine’s Day issues? Don’t know what to wear on your blind date? Chronic attracting-the-wrong-man syndrome got you down?  Well then you need Rachel.

Inspired by the brave fashionable ladies navigating the trenches of the dating scene, Rachel Roy + Leandra Medine, aka The Man Repeller, have teamed up to created a series of hilarious “how-to” videos to help save the day.

Case #1086 Problem: A Blind Date. You need to look hot, but not too hot. You can still find a diamond in the rough!

Case # 2125 Problem: A Boyfriend Breakup. What should you do for Valentine’s? Recover that happy glow!

Case #0014 Problem: Too many men? Tired of guys hitting on you, All. The. Time? Repel them!

Inspired? Share your favorite man repelling outfit with Rachel Roy on Facebook. I did! My theme was pink socks and pokadots, but the result is more seasonally confused than anything.

And in other exciting The Man Repeller news, Leandra Medine will be hosting the Lucky Magazine blog conference cocktail party, which I’m attending tomorrow night and is going to post the most man-repelling outfit from the event on her site. What do you think? Should I rock this look?

Rachel Roy’s Birthday Wish Comes True!

This year, designer Rachel Roy decided to skip her birthday on January 15th and start a birthday campaign through Charity Water instead.  Having witnessed first hand the effects and hardships created by lack of unsafe drinking water, Rachel’s goal was to raise $15,000 by March 15th.  If successful, she would help 750 people, 150 families and 3 communities receive clean water.

It’s pretty amazing Rachel was able to give up a birthday in exchange for helping so many.  What’s even better is today is January 30th, and she’s already exceeded her goal!  She’s currently at $15,839, and there is still well over a month of donating to be done.   No donation is too small (or big), the more money she raises the higher the count of people helped.  Currently, she’s served 791 people!

We donated. Thank you Rachel for letting us be apart of your birthday! Even if it is technically skipped.

To learn more about Rachel’s birthday campaign and to donate visit http://mycharitywater.org/rachelsbirthday

All in a Days Work: $18K for Haiti

Congratulations to SPiN New York and Modelinia for a job well done!  The two partnered last week to host a fundraiser to support Haiti, raising over $18K in donations in just one night.  Auction items are still available online until Wednesday, so please visit www.charityfolks.com/helphaiti to make your bid.

The benefit, hosted by Susan Sarandon, Veronica Webb, Rachel Roy, Robert Verdi, Georgina Chapman, Judah Friedlander, and many more, made for a social evening filled with ping pong, dancing, and fun. James Lipton gave a memorable speech, keeping the evening in perspective and encouraging guests to donate.

Here’s a taste of the evening for anyone who was unable to join.

See more videos on modelinia.com

Thank you to all the Pretty Connected readers who made it to the event!