These photos are from the Macy's Passport Fashion Week, held lately, i read about it somewhere.See below:
No celebrities needed when the hotties are homegrown
Carolyne Zinko, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, September 18, 2005
When it comes to celebrity, the Bay Area just isn't all that starstruck, which may be a good thing for the 23rd annual Macy's Passport fashion show and AIDS fundraiser, "Live '05," at Fort Mason this week.
At Macy's Passport show in Los Angeles, Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone and Pete Sampras will share the limelight. But the San Francisco show doesn't have any celebrities lined up. Turns out that's icing on the cake that isn't always needed where purists for the cause are found.
"We can hold our own, we don't need big stars to come up from L.A. to give us strength and cachet -- we carry it on our own,'' said Robert Fountain, a co-chairman of the fashion show's gala night.
"We wanted it to be back to the roots, back to the home, back to what it's taking care of.''
He was right: The $1,000-a-ticket gala night sold out weeks ago.
The show is one of the longest-running fundraisers for HIV/AIDS research, prevention, treatment and care programs in the nation. Macy's has raised early $20 million for the cause since 1988. Proceeds from the local three-day show running Sept. 20-22 will go to more than 60 local organizations that help men, women and children with or at risk for HIV, such as AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Continuum, Project Open Hand and others.
No matter what the annual theme, or who promises to come (founding superstar Elizabeth Taylor's big no-show a few years back served as grand drama on an already theatrical night), the Macy's Passport show is one of the most important events on the San Francisco social calendar, and one of the most consistently attended fundraisers year after year.
Let's face it: There are fashion shows, and then there is Macy's Passport.
"It's the only show that's really over the top,'' said Dolly Chammas of Hillsborough, the other gala night co-chairwoman. "It's not just a fashion show, it's an event.''
In New York City, Paris or Milan, guests wait hours to watch high-fashion runway shows that last less than 15 minutes. At Passport, guests are entertained for an hour with vignette after vignette featuring various clothing by various designers, and sometimes musical performances by entertainers such as Liza Minnelli. The famous lingerie segment brings down the house -- with a bit of beefcake, thanks to hunky male models in tight whites, thrown in for good measure. (You don't think straight women are the predominant population at this fundraiser, do you?)
The three-night show includes a teen night Sept. 20 with sex education (kids rolled condoms onto cucumbers last year); an opening night on Sept. 21 (tickets run $75 and $150) with cocktail reception and food by Bay Area restaurants, as well as live a onstage auction; and the VIP gala night Sept. 22 in a themed setting where wealthy contributors to rub elbows before watching the models hit the runway.
This year's show features men's and women's sportswear and underwear by Calvin Klein; Dulce de Leche, a Latin-inspired collection by young designers Carlos Mejia, Luis Toro and Rafael Paris, with Mejia and Toro flying in from Miami; bohemian and furry fall styles by Jennifer Lopez's JLO line presented in a takeoff on "West Side Story" with some of Lopez's dancers coming up from L.A.; and form-fitting gowns by Wayne Clark in jewel tones with feathers in the Bollywood-inspired makeup segment by M.A.C. cosmetics, based on Broadway's "Bombay Dreams.''
On the local front, the clothing of eight rising fashion stars will be featured as well -- student designers from the Academy of Art University.
They are: Amy Fink, Christine Welcher, Hazel Vera, Darcey Barber, Emily Ginn, Jeeyn Shim, Sara Kalata, Staci Snider and Steven Avendis Moomjian.
The gala night has shifted in recent years from a sit-down black-tie dinner to grazing and cocktails. This year, a cavernous hall at Fort Mason will be transformed into a "mansion,'' said Chammas, with separate "rooms" for guests to wander -- a foyer, a library, a terrace, a garden -- and nosh on appetizers served on plates by waiters, as well as sip signature drinks.
Those who don't go in for fashion shows can help raise money by shopping for the cause -- both online and in person.
EBay for the third year is assisting Macy's in fundraising by allowing shoppers to bid on clothes, accessories, services and more at www.ebay.com/macyspassport
, with proceeds going to beneficiaries.
Items vary from a limited edition Triumph Bonneville motorcycle by British clothing and home accessories designer Paul Smith to five hours of pampering at 77 Maiden Lane salon to a month of birthday cakes for Project Open Hand.
In person, shoppers can help raise money for the cause from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Macy's at Union Square, in Corte Madera and at Valley Fair in Santa Clara on Sept. 23 and 24. The in-store event includes makeovers, cooking demonstrations and special discounts.
For more information on tickets, in-store events and beneficiaries, go to www.macys.com
E-mail Carolyne Zinko at firstname.lastname@example.org.