Ariana Grande, Flo Rida, and great clothes for a good cause. They all came together on stage at Macy’s Presents: Fashion’s Front Row extravaganza, which kicked off New York Fashion Week: Women’s on Sept. 7 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
The spectacle, now in its second year, benefitted the CFDA Foundation and Ronald McDonald House New York (RMHNY) with proceeds from ticket sales going to both organizations.
CFDA Members Carolina Herrera, Deborah Lloyd, Jenna Lyons, Georgina Chapman, Tracy Reese, Christian Siriano, Prabal Gurung, Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, Pamella Roland and Jana Matheson joined CFDA Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg on the red carpet to show their support. They were joined by First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray and recent NYFW: Men’s Ambassador Eric Rutherford, while students from F.I.T., LIM, Parsons, Pratt and The High School of Fashion Industries were among the crowd.
The show kicked off with opening remarks from Macy’s Terry Lundgren, who introduced von Furstenberg. “Fashion is family, and tonight, I am so excited to have you be a part of it, especially as a kick off to New York Fashion Week,” she said. “And what better way to do it than with Macy’s and the industry leaders, fashion students and all young people here tonight.”
Brad Goreski and Giuliana Rancic emceed the night, introducing live runway shows from CFDA brands Rachel Rachel Roy, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein and Betsey Johnson, alongside fashion moments from I.N.C. International Concepts (which partnered with the iconic Iris Apfel), William Rast, Samsung, and more. Ariana Grande performed songs from her latest album while Flo Rida gave the crowd a medley of old and new hits.
A televised version of the show will air on E! on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8/7c and styles from the show will be immediately available to shop at Macys.com/shoptheshow.