Everyone knows that September means fashion week, but few know that it is also spinal cord awareness month? Last night a group of glamorous guests gathered at the Mondrian Soho where the Reeve Foundation and Clark’s Botanicals hosted “Night for a Cure.” Jam-packed into one of the hotel’s penthouse suites, Kara DioGuardi, Julianne Moore, Nate Berkus and Ari Gaynor mingled with guests, sipping champagne and summer cocktails.
The Observer asked W editor Stefano Tonchi what brought him to the event. “In beauty and fashion its so important to take care of people with disabilities,” he said. “I think that not enough people are concerned… Not only in the fashion community but all over society,” Mr. Tonchi added. Although the evening was focused on the foundation, guests were atwitter with fashion week gossip. We asked Mr. Tonchi which shows he was most excited to see. “I suppose we will have to wait until the end of the week to see Marc Jacobs. He will keep us hungry,” said Mr. Tonchi.
Founder of Clark’s Botanicals Francesco Clark, himself a victim of a spinal cord injury, was excited by the event’s impressive turnout. “I lost my voice, so that’s a good sign,” Mr. Clark said. “I feel really lucky and honored and blessed. And it feels like I’m at prom,” he added.
People chatted and sipped their drinks, trying to maneuver through the small space which proved less than ideal for guests in wheelchairs. The terrace, with views of the foggy city, was open until it began to rain. Guests began to file out around 9:30, heading back down the elevator and into the wet night. We spotted several having an additional nightcap at the hotel’s bar in the lobby.