Last night, God’s Love We Deliver, a nonprofit organization that prepares nutritious meals for people with illnesses who can no longer make their own, had a fashion-y little shindig to celebrate those noted names who have serviced the community in positive ways–and the winners of the night’s three big awards have certainly done their share. Estée Lauder heiress Aerin Lauder received the Golden Heart Award for Lifetime Achievement, and donors Jeff Gates and Mike Moran snagged the Golden Heart Award for Volunteerism. But the biggest winner of the night was none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton, who won the (very first!) Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service–and it’s easy to see why. The former First Lady, senator, and Secretary of State (maybe a future POTUS?) has pretty much dedicated her life as a politician to making the world a better place for us and of course, the kids.
For a community service-based organization, the affair had quite a showing from the fashion set, with a guest list boasting names like Anna Wintour, Doutzen Kroes, Iman, Helena Christensen, Constance Jablonski, Bette Midler, and of course, Michael Kors. Several guests were outfitted in pieces from the designer–appropriate, as the big award of the night bore his name. While Kors couldn’t spare a moment to talk, we chatted a little with some guests who know him better than we do.
Karlie Kloss, who’s worked quite a bit with Kors over the years, dished to us about one of her favorite stories she’s heard about one of the industry vet’s first runway shows, which was, as we learned, short on footwear. “They only had a couple pairs of shoes, so [the models] were alternating shoes. So, a girl would come off the runway, kick her shoes off, and the next girl going on would get the shoes.” Talk about started from the bottom. Har har. “It’s really inspiring to see what he’s built over his career.”
Just as hilarious–Karlie’s tale of her own runway mishap, which happened at an Alexander McQueen show a few years back: “I had a dress on backwards and it had a really big scoop neck, and I almost walked out totally out and the wrong way around. Thank goodness we switched it!”
A Kors-clad Jennifer Hudson was also on hand, and was her usual bubbly, chatty self. She looked right at home in her black and peach lace inset gown, although she says she’ll never forget one of her favorite looks from the designer, which she wore to accompany him to dinner in Japan two years back: “I wore this fabulous, I think, leopard-printed dress,” she said. Because we are huge fashion nerds, we knew exactly which one she was talking about. The piece was just as memorable for her: “It’s still embedded in my MIND! I love that dress!”