Jeffrey, of Jeffrey, Is Feeling Prints, Color and Pattern Mixing for Men

By Ray A. Smith

As Jeffrey Kalinsky, founder of the Jeffrey boutiques in Atlanta and New York, preps for his ninth annual AIDS fundraiser in New York, he spoke to Heard on the Runway about his charity work, his favorite men’s fashion trends and beefcake.
Last year, fundraisers in New York and Atlanta, which benefit the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in addition to those with HIV/AIDS, raised more than $1.2 million, which went to charities. “Our goal this year is just to raise as much money as we can,” Mr. Kalinsky said.
The event will feature a menswear runway show with more than three-dozen looks from several designers’ Spring 2012 collections. It tends to be a rousing affair. At shows during Fashion Week, the audience remains relatively quiet, whispering among themselves,  as models stomp the catwalk. Here, audience members hoot, holler, cheer and whistle as the male models saunter….


WWD Retailers Give High Marks to the Paris Collections

PARIS — Rain and traffic jams failed to dampen buyers’ spirits during men’s Paris Fashion Week, with many hailing it as one of the most compelling and commercially solid seasons in some time — one strong on fashion, cohesive trends and great showcases.
“Paris looked the best it has in years for both its newness and commercial salability at retail, two very important factors that drive profitability,” said Barbara Atkin, vice president of fashion direction at Holt Renfrew, Canada.
“A new offer for a new man,” said Tancrède de Lalun, general merchandise manager of men’s and women’s apparel at Printemps, Paris, speaking of the week’s interesting new players, “like Kenzo men’s, Carven men’s, Berluti, as well as AMI, which is evolving nicely.”


Nordstrom: The Thread

Three Minutes with Jeffrey Kalinsky’s Crème de la Crème

“When I think of Spring/Summer 2012, I think of bright colors and lots and lots and lots and lots of prints…Don’t be afraid to be noticed.” –Jeffrey Kalinksy, Nordstrom EVP of Designer Merchandising

Our own fashion kingpin, Jeffrey Kalinsky breaks down his designer essentials for the coming seasons in a way that only he can. Watch our interview, then browse Jeffrey’s Top Picks, a personally curated selection of the items he’s loving right now.


Jeffrey Fashion Cares @ U.S.S. Intrepid

March 26, 2012.
Jeffrey Kalinsky hosted his ninth-annual benefit aboard the naval museum. The event attracted the likes of Joe Jonas, Richie Rich, Judith Light, Kelly Bensimon and honorary chair Chloë Sevigny, rased funds for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Lambda Legal Defense Fund, ACRIA and the Point Foundation.


FN Spy: Star Power Cares… Weitzman’s Sports Center

with contributions from Michelle Tay, Gerald Flores, Katie Abel

Star Power
Could Yeardley Smith be the next reality TV star? The voice behind Lisa Simpson is currently pitching a show with the working title “Shoe Girl” to major networks, promising an inside look at the ins and outs of her Marchez Vous line. “It’s about my life and the hot guys I travel with,” said the founder and designer, who regularly jets around with an entourage, including manager Benjamin Cornwell. Smith also has mingled with some famous heartthrobs recently. The designer was involved in the play reading of “Prop. 8” last month, alongside George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon and Martin Sheen. “I met George Clooney [for the first time] and he kissed me on the head. I haven’t washed my hair in a month,” she quipped on the red carpet for the Jeffrey Fashion Cares benefit last week. And she wasn’t the only one there with a reality show on the horizon…


The Palette Fund’s Terrence Meck: He’s a Giver


Terrence Meck is doing his partner proud. After Rand Skolnick died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, Meck worked around the clock to turn Skolnick’s foundation, the Palette Fund, into a functioning charity that supports numerous causes. With a $20 million endowment, Meck directed considerable financial support to LGBT, HIV, nutrition, and patient navigation efforts. Four years later, Meck’s work is being recognized by other big-name philanthropists. The 34-year-old was honored last week at the Jeffrey Fashion Cares event, an annual fund-raiser put on by fashion entrepreneur Jeffrey Kalinsky that raises millions to fight HIV. On the USS Intrepid in New York Harbor, Meck received the first Jeffrey Fashion Cares Community Leadership Award, with stars such as Chloë Sevigny, a Jeffrey Cares honorary chair, in attendance. We caught up with Meck to talk about the honor and what’s next for the Palette Fund….


Marquis of Fashion: Jeffrey Fashion Cares Runway Show

An important took place last night and it was a powerful presentation of fashion in support of the LGBT community and those with HIV/AIDS.
The Jefferey Fashion Cares Runway Show is a once a year star studded fundraiser that prides itself on donating the absolute top dollar to those impacted by the treacherous virus in a way that says we’re fashionable, fabulous, and united to end HIV/AIDS with compassion and much needed funds. The event which has showcased the designs from fashion’s elite such as Prada, Gucci, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Etro and many other design houses. The silent auction usually raises a ton of money for the cause but the sponsorship from some of the worlds most coveted brands including Lexus (who is a new Gold level ($50,000.00+) sponsor this year) Belvedere Vodka/Moet Hennessy, Nordstrom, and W Hotels Worldwide/Starwood Preferred Guests.