Last night, top designers and a flurry of philanthropic socials boarded the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Pier 86 for the eighth annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares benefit. Hosted by retail impresario Jeffrey Kalinsky and co-chaired by interiors whiz Nate Berkus, the evening aimed to raise much-needed funds for a number of AIDS and LGBT-related charities. The soirée kicked off with cocktails, scrumptious sliders, and a little label-browsing–all for a good cause, of course. With sponsors ranging from designers Marc Jacobs, Peter Som, “and it’s amazing to see how it’s grown. Now he’s doing an all-out show at the Intrepid! The scale of this is just great.” Indeed, watching guests peruse the items on offer beneath enormous nautical instruments and airplane parts made for a dramatic sight. “Jeffrey’s supported me since Day One,” said Jason Wu, who donated tickets to his next runway show as an auction item, “and it’s wonderful to be able to give back to his cause now. I’m so happy to be here tonight, and I’m thrilled that I’ve been asked back to be the guest designer for a second time at Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta later this year, too!”
After we took our seats for the live auction, Berkus joined Christie’s Tash Perrin on the runway to announce the evening’s lots–among them a stay at the W Koh Samui in Thailand (which went for $5,000) and all-access passes to Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week. “Come on,” joked Berkus to the cast members of The Real Housewives franchise seated front row, “you guys could have fights with people at the shows. Think about it.” Once all lots were allotted to their respective winners, the runway show began, featuring an Andrew Weir-selected cast of male models (yeah, we love our job) and menswear looks from Jeffrey’s designers like Lanvin and Balenciaga. The lineup included everything from equestrian-print oxford shirts to suede suit jackets to teensy swim trunks; any guess as to which garnered the loudest audience applause? The highlight of the show, however, had to be watching industry favorite Cole Mohr give Hanne Gaby (who sat front-row alongside model pal Crystal Renn) an enthusiastic high five mid-strut. Like the plane propellers high above our heads, that’s something you just don’t see every day.