The 18-acre U.N. site on Manhattan's East River is international territory, which means that it doesn't belong to any one country or government, and the Gucci soiree is the first of its kind to ever take place there.
It promises to be quite a party. Hosted by the luxury house and Madonna, Gucci tapped Alicia Keys, Timbaland and Rihanna for special musical performances; there will be a presentation by renowned economist and Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs, who is also a co-chair, and a live auction, slated to be emceed by Chris Rock.
Along with Madonna and Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, Drew Barrymore, Adrien Brody, Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, Sting and Trudie Styler, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Gwyneth Paltrow, Arpad Busson, Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, Téa Leoni and Lucy Liu will serve as co-chairs. Styler, Parker, Leoni and Liu are also UNICEF ambassadors.
STAR SEEKERS: Who's ready to hit the streets of Seventh Avenue with the ranks of Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Halston, Bill Blass, James Galanos, Geoffrey Beene and other esteemed designers who already have their names in the sidewalk?
For the first time in five years, Manhattan's Fashion Walk of Fame will add new names in tribute to leading American designers. The Museum at FIT's Valerie Steele and the Fashion Center Business Improvement District's Barbara Randall have sent ballots to 114 industry leaders, historians, archivists and curators asking them to vote for one living and one deceased designer for the 2008 awards. In addition to Steele, Nicole Fischelis, Harold Koda, Kim Hastreiter, Marylou Luther, Phyllis Magidson, Patricia Mears and Lavelle Olexa are serving on the Fashion Center BID's selection committee. Nominees must be American designers with a New York showroom and someone who has been in business for at least 10 years. From 2000 through 2002, four living and four deceased designers were awarded decorative plaques in the sidewalk of the Garment District each year. But then organizers worried they would run out of honorees and decided to take a break. For that reason, the 2008 awards will be limited to one living and one deceased designer.