I was so lucky to recently have the opportunity to style the Creative Coalition’s first fashion show with Optune at the Intercontinental at THE WHARF.
The Creative Coalition and Optune #RightToBearArts gala, the transcendent and healing power of the arts brought together Hollywood stars and Members of Congress from across the aisle at the first-of-its-kind fashion show, featuring a celebrity delegation walking everyday artists living with glioblastoma.
The annual benefit featured a star-studded celebrity delegation, including actors Tim Daly (Madam Secretary, The Creative Coalition President), Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Harry Hamlin (Mad Men), Ethan Cutkosky (Shameless), Steve Howey (Shameless), Caterina Scorsone (Grey’s Anatomy), Anthony Carrigan (Barry), Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery), CCH Pounder (NCIS: New Orleans), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, The Act), and Shiri Appleby (unREAL).
I would like to thank the following designer / brand participants from a styling standpoint :
PAISLEY & GRAY SUITS FOR ALL THE MEN
MORAL CODE SHOES FOR ALL THE GUYS
BYRON LARS clothing for a lot of the ladies
and Tai Jewelry https://www.taijewelry.com/
The celebrity delegates were joined by Optune patient ambassadors – artists from across the country living with glioblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer, who are wearing Optune, a portable head device that is treating their cancer. To kick off the gala, held during National Brain Cancer Awareness Month, the celebrity delegation walked alongside Optune Ambassadors in a powerful fashion show that featured designers including Paisley&Gray, Moral Code, Tai Jewelry, Rothys, Byron Lars, Lafayette 148 and Oka B.
“Art is not a red issue or a blue issue – it’s a human issue,” Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition, told USA TODAY. “And tonight’s event underscores how art enhances everyone across our communities, which is why it is so important that funding for arts programs is maintained at a federal level. We are grateful for our celebrity delegates and Optune patient ambassadors who truly exemplify the healing power of the arts and have joined us to advocate for its continued funding.”
“We recognize that the arts have the power to impact and influence our lives for the better,” said Pritesh Shah, Novocure’s Chief Commercial Officer. “And that’s what we too hope to bring to our patients, a feeling of empowerment in the face of this difficult disease.”
The #RightToBearArts gala and fashion show followed a day on Capitol Hill where The Creative Coalition celebrity delegation called on national lawmakers to continue and expand critically needed federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
“The arts empower communities and impact all of us. Without the funding needed to sustain arts programs in our schools and communities, we risk losing the critical fabric of our culture,” said Tim Daly, Actor and President of The Creative Coalition. “We are here to ensure that the National Endowment of the Arts remains funded. Every year, some legislators decide to zero it out of the budget, and every year we come to D.C. to fight to save it. We stand together as advocates urging our lawmakers to keep the arts alive.”