Macy’s Presents Glamorama at the Orpheum
The quaint, prestigious Orpheum theater shot to life on September 12 for Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama: Fashion in a New Light, supporting Los Angeles AIDS project. In the balmy weather, celebrities posed under the neon glow in breezy coral fabrics, twisted strapped heels, and blocks of textured black prints as summer winds to an end.
Always forward thinking in trends, fashion moved itself into a place of remembrance within the opening ceremonies. Macy’s Chairman Terry Lundgren acknowledged that 30 years ago, when AIDS was still a taboo topic, it was not popular to be arguing for curing AIDS. Still considered an isolated groups problem, those within the fashion industry banded together starting a trend extending beyond any catwalk.
Sharon Stone, statuesque in black pumps, textured fitted dress, and her blond locks pulled back into a sleek ponytail, addressed the celebrity packed room her experiences within the AIDS community. Acknowledging the progressive and moving force individuals exhibit on a daily basis, Stone told of moving moments, like a young man diagnosed with HIV, who had waited backstage patiently to offer his thanks. In a time of celebration for the evening, the event began with a twist.
Cirque De Soleil’s Zarkana performance dropped jaws. A man in white sheathes balancing on only his palm, a woman flying from a box as a swan, and a green florescent ballerina in fishnets juggling with enough ease to appear as if it were an illusion. The energy built, to the moments all fashion hungry eyes had waited for.
Rachel Rachel Roy, Maison Jules, Tommy Hilfiger,Calvin Klein, Weekend Max Mara, Diesel and TALLIA Orange blended together bold hues, color blocks, and patterns fit for an Indian summer. Blending back to school favorites, the show adorned models in polka dots, cat eye glasses, rolled cardigans and washed denim. Calvin Klein, drew attention with a mod and mosaic, inspired collection. Wide brimmed black hats, silky geometric shirts, and hatch crossed leggings flanked women. Partly influenced by corporate wear, women in pressed gray trousers and tufted collars brought in a sense of sophistication to the hip designs. Accessories became dominant, as with a trapezoid patent hand bag and bold, crimson lips, added a sensibility to showcase a bold, independently spirited woman. For the finale, Diesel models stripped down to the most popular accessory; rich, neon colored underwear for men, creating gasps and hollers across the sea of onlookers.
Closing out the show was the Backstreet Boys, fitting the fresh, vibrant theme running within the fashion chords. Pumping up the crowd with “As Long As You Love Me”, one of their most popular ballads, these slicked and grown men are now delighting mothers and daughters alike. With their strong performance finishing, the evening transitioned attendees to the after party. Gliding along a Rubik’s Cube lit path, the crowd filled into the Cal Mart building nearby – compliments of 2 closed blocks from the LAPD.
Bathed in a hot pink light – so fitting for makeup host Mac: Viva Glam, a DJ spun mixes while throngs of people flocked to the Patron Tequila bar. Wide trousers donned Chris Garkinos in his crushed red velvet blazer, a deep necked cornflower blue dress popped against a tall chignon, swept patron, while Brett Davern channeled youth in a slim hoodie and his faded jeans; furthering the formal and young fashion concepts of the evening. Snacking on grown up cafeteria foods, Mini “Philly Cheesesteak”, Spanish Pigs in a Blanket, and Tomato Mozzarella Pipettes circled the room as the fall designer collections were projected onto the once stark walls. All around, the night celebrating our cultural acceptance of AIDS and HIV embodied forward thinking, vibrancy, and fashion – just how it started and how it will move ahead today.