Category Archives: Philanthropy

Men’s Wearhouse Suit Drive 2012

Mr. George Zimmer

 

The Men’s Wearhouse fifth annual National Suit Drive began yesterday, June 27th and lasts through July 31st.  This is a generous and powerful program which assists unemployed men in need of a professional look, in order to assist in bringing out their best; if you look confident and professional–it shows.

At Men’s Wearhouse, we know that not being dressed appropriately can affect employment opportunities. Although we donate millions of dollars of our merchandise, we are not able to provide professional attire for many men across the nation. That’s why we have started hosting an annual National Suit Drive.

Photo: SunSentinal.com

“We partner with over 200 nonprofit organizations across the country to distribute the gently used professional attire we collect to men and women who are transitioning into the workforce. For many of these at-risk recipients, the clothing they receive will give them a first confident step toward a second chance, while the nonprofit services provided will help transform them on their journey to self-sufficiency. We are confident that the impact made by helping these men and women become independent will positively affect their families and their communities.

In order to assist the thousands who are unemployed, we also partner with businesses and community organizations by encouraging their employees and members to donate their own gently used professional clothing.

Even celebrities are getting in on generosity of the Suit Drive:

Broadway’s biggest stars helped to support Men’s Wearhouse’s fifth annual National Suit Drive during the 66th Annual Tony Awards Backstage Creations Celebrity Retreat. Tyler Perry, Amanda Seyfried, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and John Larroquette were among the stars who personally styled professional suits to inspire looks to be donated to National Suit Drive. Their generosity will help men in need transition back into the workforce in each celebrity’s hometown.”

We are all well-aware of the economy situation and the lack of jobs, don’t we?  But how are these proud men (and women) expected to dress appropriately for an interview when money is scarce?  This program is a step in the right direction.  Do the right thing and donate your fella’s suit (that maybe he’s outgrown); help a stranger, then buy a new suit while you’re at it…what goes around comes around.

Bravo, Men’s Wearhouse!

Will and Kate Invade America, and Leave Us Begging For More!

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been enjoying some time in North America, spending several days in Canada and then finally made their way to the States.

Polo anyone?

The newlyweds arrived in Los Angeles last Friday for their three days vist, and spent their first day at a charity Polo match in Santa Barbara on Saturday morning.

C'mon, Kate. You can do better than THAT.

William’s team won, and Catherine presented his team with the trophy, and gave her husband a big victory kiss. The match was to benefit the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and his cute ginger brother, Harry.

Tremendous!

The pair later attended the BAFTA “Brits To Watch” event at the Belasco Theatre Saturday night. A number of celebs, including Nicole Kidman, who looks horrifyingly older than her actual age; her posture and strange skin situation is becoming alarming, Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson and Jennifer Lopez (you’ll read more about HER in DivaJulia’s post latershe’s still trying to extinguish her hair fire) were also at the event.

What. Is. WRONG. With. Nicole??

According to People, the couple sat at a table with Nicole Kidman and Barbra Streisand.  Could you imagine that conversation?!

William can you hear me??

Catherine wore a gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown with a Jimmy Choo clutch and matching sandals. She also wore a pair of earrings lent to her by Queen Elizabeth.

Beautiful Kate.

One their last day in the states, the couple kept things more low key, helping out at the Mission Serve: Hiring Out Heroes event and visiting the Inner City Arts, an organization that serves homeless youth in the Skid Row are of downtown LA.

Kate painting her mandala

The two helped attended art classes and even got to paint their own “mandalas”, a circular type of art in Asian cultures.  At one point, Catherine turned to her husband and said, “William, do you know what you’re doing? Start from the center.

Kate making sport of William

After a few moments, he turned back to his wife and said, “Catherine, what are you supposed to do?” She laughed and instructed him again. How cute!

After all that, the couple hopped back on their awesome plane back home to London.

Ta-ta, Loves!

I hope they visit America again very soon, if only so we can see more of Catherine’s outfits!

The Met Gala 2011 Honoring Alexander McQueen – Savage Beauty

 

The gorgeous Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen

Photos: GettyImages

 

They (the collective  “THEY”) call the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s Gala “The Oscars of Fashion”  (I thought the Oscars were “The Oscars of Fashion”, but whatevs.)  This year’s Gala is honoring the late, and so very gifted, Alexander McQueen, with a tribute called Savage Beauty.

One of the many pieces of McQueen's work displayed at the Gala

via: WWD:

“Sarah Burton, McQueen’s creative director and his right-hand woman for 14 years, was clearly emotional at the event—and understandably so. Not only was the venue the site of McQueen’s first post-graduate show, but the handful of pieces on display, including his calf-hair horned jacket and a gilded feather jacket [above], reminded everyone why McQueen was such a national treasure. SamCam gave McQueen his due gravity introducing the event:

“We are so happy that one of America’s great institutions is supporting one of the U.K.’s most deeply talented designers, Alexander McQueen,” she said from the podium. Bolton, for his part, agreed wholeheartedly; McQueen, he said, was an “easy sell” for the theme, especially given the late designer’s tremendous body of work.”

Of course, we now know that Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen was the designer of the wedding dress of the century over the weekend .  Take a look at a few of the gorgeous gowns spotted on the Met Gala’s Red Carpet this evening…

Madonna
Rihanna
Kate Hudson (Man, I'm sick of her pie-hole.)
Kristen Stewart. It's so hard being HER.
Taylor Swift
JLo in Gucci
The ever-icy Anna Wintour in Chanel

Janelle Monae looking FANTASTIC in Chanel.

 

Madonna looks quite regal; Taylor Swift is trying too hard, as is Jennifer Lopez–but she’s entitled.  Salma Hayek is absolutely a vision.  Love the fact that she wore a McQueen gown.    I really do love Janelle Monae’s Chanel ensemble.  It’s elegant, modern and true to her trade-mark look.

If I find anyone else who looks interesting, I’ll keep you updated.