Posts Written On September 08, 2013

Hope North’s Inaugural Celebrity Studded Gala–you’re invited! @HopeNorth @SusanSarandon @ForestWhitaker

And now for something really special!

Hope North is an incredible secondary school in Uganda that has been designed to educate and heal the youngest victims of Uganda’s civil war, including orphans and child soldiers. This school is located on a 40-acre campus and features an international arts center, vocational training, and a working farm for the students. It’s a place to heal, as well as a place to empower Uganda’s youngest generation.

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This month Hope North is holding their inaugural gala at NYC’s City Winery to raise funds and awareness for this fantastic organization. And you’re invited!

Honorary co-hosts Susan Sarandon and Forest Whitaker (two of my faves) will be celebrating the contributions that actress and advocate Mary-Louise Parker has given to Hope North, while Rufus Wainwright and Sahr Ngaujah will both be attending and performing a set for guests. Zoing – incredible!

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If you plan to be in NYC on 9/18, join the celebration by picking up a ticket here.

If you’re out of town for the gala, Hope North is holding an online auction on September 10th, which has quite a few unique bidding items up for grabs, such as lunch with Susan Sarandon and Mary-Louise Parker (OMG!), a private concert at home with jazz pianist ELEW (swoon!), or a golf outing with Richard Kind (fore!). Check out Charity Buzz this week to place dibs!

Read more about Okello Kelo Sam, the founder of Hope North, here.


@MBfashionweek Backstage Beauty @MaraHoffman @TIGIHaircareUSA

DSCN4902TiGi created some incredible looks for Mara Hoffman backstage using a combination of pomade and high shine spray. Creating 3 braids and wrapping it with a colorful Guatemalan belts as bands – the TiGi team, transformed these models into magical and mythical RAINBOW WARRIORS.

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This guy was supervising the beauty department

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Mara Hoffman beams a positive energy that lights up a room. “There’s a Rainbow Warrior moment happening here,” she said backstage before her spirited Spring show. “This collection is about straight-up happiness. I know that sounds hippie-dippie, but it’s real.” Hoffman wasn’t kidding about the rainbow thing. In addition to playing up her signature vibrant prints (including a graphic serpent pattern and her go-to third-eye motifs, which she did long before Kenzo), Hoffman showed maxi dresses and sheer caftans embroidered or embellished, respectively, with ROYGBIV-colored arcs. Other standouts in the lineup included tie-dyed jumpsuits, intarsia-knit ponchos, and a pair of short shorts cut from artisanal Guatemalan belts—the same ones wrapped around the models’ Willie Nelson-esque braided extensions. Hoffman’s aesthetic is niche, to be sure, but you can’t say these clothes don’t have soul (via

She is amazing!

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