POSH PORTS: The thundering percussion of bongo drums drew revelers into the Ports 1961 showroom in Chelsea on Saturday night, where LIM Fashion Education Foundation honored Vanessa Williams at their second annual Fearless event. Event chair Michael Palladino, a LIM College adjunct professor and FEF board member, said he selected Williams for both her courage and her humility. “When Vanessa walks in the room, she commands the space she’s in, but she never takes from your space,” he said. Designer Stephen Burrows, “Ugly Betty” cast member Judith Light and stylist Pat Field were also in attendance to fete the entertainment denizen. Field noted an overlap of Williams and her portrayal of fearsome fashionista Wilhelmina Slater. “Vanessa has a very strong and positive presence. She is a fearless person, and she injects that into Wilhelmina.” Williams, dressed in black Carmen Marc Valvo, attributed her fearless conviction to “a thrill-seeking gene. The people that I come from are outspoken and driven and not afraid to take chances.” Proceeds from the Fearless event benefit the Fashion Education Foundation, which provides scholarships for LIM students. This year, LIM FEF awarded $40,000 in scholarships to about 25 students, which range from $1,000 to full tuition. Ports 1961 president Jacquelyn Wenzel is an alumna of LIM and serves on the board of directors and is vice president of FEF.
CHANEL FIX: The Paris movie theater may be showing “Coco Before Chanel,” but Bergdorf Goodman next door is tipping its hat to Chanel at, well, Chanel and beyond. A special “Secrets of the Chanel Jacket” installation has just gone up at the specialty store’s second floor, telling the story of the iconic jacket’s creation, with archive pieces as well as handbags and accessories on view. Among the archival pieces on display from today to Friday are vintage haute couture and ready-to-wear jackets from 1961 through the current collection, as well as two handbags that belonged to the namesake designer herself. Archival photos of the likes of Romy Schneider, Vanessa Paradis, Anna Mouglalis and Barbie wearing the jacket further the message. Bergdorf’s has devoted three of its Fifth Avenue windows to the house, featuring props such as an oversize quilted handbag, a Chanel No.5 bottle and a large, quilted jacket.