Our annual Haute 100 list is a compilation of the most influential individuals in business, technology, fashion and other top industries. We don’t have to search far to find the 100 most intriguing and successful people in New York, but it can be quite a task to keep up with them. As such, a yearly update simply isn’t enough.
Hillary Clinton is waging a war against HIV/AIDS. Dozens of celebrities and socialites gathered at Cipriani Wall Street on Oct. 15 to watch the former Secretary of State receive the first-ever Founders Award from Elton John during his 12th Annual “An Enduring Vision” benefit gala.
“We still have so far to go,” Clinton emphasized during her acceptance speech. “There are so many challenges in front of us. I thank you, but I know there’s more for us to do.” Hoping to experience an “AIDS-free generation” in the near future, Clinton said that accomplishing that goal must be “our North Star.”
Several prominent celebrities including Billy Joel, Alec Baldwin, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lisa Marie Presley and Courtney Love turned out for the philanthropic event, which raised $1 million through an anonymous donor, plus more through a lively auction.
Acclaimed filmmaker Woody Allen will receive the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award for his contribution to cinema at next year’s Golden Globes. Though the 77-year-old Hollywood icon usually avoids public award shows, hopefully Allen will make an exception to receive his golden statue.
“There is no-one more worthy,” HFPA president Theo Kingma said in a statement. ”His contributions to filmmaking have been phenomenal and he is an international treasure.”
Throughout his five-decade career, Allen has won four Oscars and received a total of 23 Oscar nominations for films including The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters, Crimes and Misdemeanours, and Bullets Over Broadway. Past recipients of Cecil B. DeMille Award include Walt Disney, Sidney Poitier, Henry Fonda, Paul Newman, Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, Warren Beatty, Robert DeNiro and Jodie Foster, who received the prize last year.
When Mayor Michael Bloomberg concludes his 12-year term on Dec. 31, the 71-year-old New Yorker will serve as the next chairman of the Serpentine Gallery, a prestigious London arts institution. In his new role, Bloomberg will oversee the overall operation of the gallery and organize fundraising events.
“I look forward to helping the Serpentine Gallery and making a difference to the world of arts and particularly in London,” he revealed during a gala dinner to launch the gallery’s new satellite, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
Though the gallery is one of London’s better-known art galleries, it receives limited government funding and relies primarily on donors and sponsors. “When government can’t do everything, private philanthropy has to step in,” Bloomberg explained. “We’re just lucky enough to be able to step in.”
Billionaire George Soros married education consultant Tamiko Bolton in an intimate ceremony on Sept. 21. The couple exchanged their vows at Soros’ palatial Bedford estate surrounded by close friends and family.
The bride wore a dress designed by Reem Acra, whose gowns have been worn by Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez. After the ceremony, Soros and Bolton celebrated their nuptials at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts with more than 500 guests. Notable attendees included World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Bono, and various foreign leader such as Hendrik Toomas Ilves, president of Estonia; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia; and Edi Rama, prime minister of Albania.
In lieu of gifts, the couple requested that donations be made to their favorite charities, including Global Witness, Harlem Children’s Zone, National Dance Institute, Planned Parenthood and the Roma Education Fund.
Ralph Lauren has been designing the USA Olympic team’s apparel for the opening and closing ceremonies since 2008 and this year is no different. The all-American fashion designer worked with more than 40 vendors, from sheep farmers in Oregon to sewers in New York City’s Garment District, to create stylish ensembles for the 650 American athletes.
“We have worked incredibly hard as a company to go across America to find the best partners to help us produce the Olympic uniforms at the highest quality for the best athletes in the world,” Executive Vice President David Lauren said in a statement.
This year, Lauren created 65,000 items including navy pea coats, patriotic ski sweaters, chunky knit hands, and boots ornamented with an American flag.