Scene: The fourth annual Blue Jacket Fashion Show at Pier59 Studios. The event brought together the entertainment, fashion, healthcare, and media worlds. Those walking the runway included actors, athletes, models, patient advocates, and TV personalities. The Show included fashion designs from Brooks Brothers, Bruno Magli, Hugo Boss, John Varvatos, Michael Kors, and Thom Browne. The founders Frederick Anderson and Laura Miller created this event to raise awareness of men’s health issues with an emphasis on cancer education, especially prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men.
Talent for the show: Hair by lead hairstylist Jorge Luis and team using V76 by Vaughn which celebrates the tradition of men’s grooming with an American sensibility; Makeup by lead makeup artist Mary Irwin and team using Menaji, the first men’s cosmetic and makeup product line to address the unique needs of men’s skin; Nails Jackie Saulsbery for Suite Eleven. Above photo, Young Paris, recording artist who is redefining electronic dance music with his Afrobeats, wearing Hugo Boss.
Scene: Alex Lundqvist, world renowned male supermodel. Versace booked him for a worldwide campaign with Helena Christensen, shot by Bruce Weber which led to Lagerfeld campaigns in Europe and Guess in the US, is considered one of the ten most iconic male models of all time by Models.com, wearing Stephen-F.
Scene: Rodney Gillespie, Vice President of sales and marketing at Janssen Oncology, wearing Hickey Freeman. Janssen Oncology, part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, returned as the official healthcare sponsor.
Scene: Mike Crosby, retired US Naval Commander, prostate cancer survivor, and patient advocate walking on behalf of Janssen Oncology, wearing Men’s Wearhouse. After his diagnosis he was inspired to start Veterans Prostate Awareness Inc., a non-profit focusing on educating male veterans. Veterans have a higher than normal incidence rate.
Scene: Richie “The Mountain” LaMontagne, professional boxer,
Cruiserweight Champion of the world, actor, and model. He modeled for Bruce Weber for GQ, Versace, Calvin Klien, and Reebok. He is wearing Joseph Abboud.
Scene: David Coury, CEO of Uro-GPO, wearing Maurice Christophier. Uro-GPO was a presenting sponsor of The Blue Jacket Fashion Show, whose mission is to raise awareness and empower men to seek healthcare.
Scene: Yusuf Myers, fitness visionary, founder and creator of PRX Fitness, rated one of the top trainers in North America and can be found regularly in issues of Men’s Fitness magazine teaching America new exercises, wearing Song Jung Wan.
Scene: Dr. Mike (Mikhail) Varshavski, D.O., an internet celebrity, family medicine doctor, and health influencer, wearing John Varvatos. People magazine mentioned him in the 2015 issue of The Sexiest Doctor Alive.
Scene: David Byrne, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, writer, music theorist, and filmmaker, who was a founding member and the principal songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist of the new wave band Talking Heads, wearing a custom blue suit created by Martin Greenfield Clothiers.
Scene: André Leon Talley, host of the show, fashion journalist, former American editor-at-large of Vogue, and fashion industry icon; Carol Alt, former supermodel who still models, actress, author, fitness health and wellness enthusiast. Esequel De La Rosa, Editor in Chief at Jez Magazine.
Scene: Buster Skrine, currently football cornerback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, formerly with the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns, being interviewed by a National Hockey League commentator. He is wearing Tommy Hilfiger.
Scene: Lee Tergensen, actor, known for his roles in Weird Science, HBO’s prison drama Oz, Generation Kill, and recently The Purge, wearing Ralph Behk; Dominic Fumusa, stage and screen actor who is perhaps best known for starring in the Showtime comedy-drama series Nurse Jackie, wearing Stephen-F x Peta.
Scene: Nancy Donahue, supermodel who still models, entrepreneur, realtor, and party host; Terry Donovan, Chief Creative Officer at Signature, show producer, editorial producer, and fashion consultant, scene in the audience.
Scene: Yours truly, creative director, style culture blogger, and imagemaker; Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, active with Blue Jacket Fashion Show as a volunteer, former model who worked with Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan, non-profit sector fundraiser, trustee of the Charles Evans Foundation, and realtor, back stage. Photo above Christian B. Evensen with my camera.