The second annual Blue Jacket Fashion Show—benefitting the Prostate Cancer Foundation, a foundation that also holds an annual event in the Hamptons each summer—was held at Pier59 Studios as part of CFDA’s New York Men’s Fashion Week earlier this month. The runway show, hosted by comedian Judy Gold, invited designers to reinvent the traditional blue blazer. The event raised awareness of and discussed men’s cancer issues.
The show coincided with February’s Cancer Prevention Month, and featured designers and brands like Michael Kors, Joseph Abboud, John Varvatos, Theory, Todd Snyder, Ryan Seacrest, Thom Browne, Geoffrey Beene, Duckie Brown, Greg Norman, Nick Graham, Gustavo Moscoso, Haspel, Stephen Ferber, Bruno Magli, Son Jung Wan, and Edwige Pierre–by Josh Washington.
“We are so grateful to the Blue Jacket Fashion Show, not only for their generous financial support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s lifesaving research, but also for putting this issue, which is oftentimes in the shadows of public awareness, front and center in the spotlight, on a runway in NYC during Fashion Week,” said Jonathan Simons, MD, PCF president and CEO. “Through the efforts of all involved in the Blue Jacket Fashion Show, we are reaching new audiences and saving lives by raising awareness and the funds necessary to defeat this disease,” he continued.
One-of-a-kind blue jackets were strutted down the runway by “models” Dr. Mehmet Oz, Bill Nye, Don Lemon, Mario Cantone, Buster Skrine, Nigel Barker, Alex Lundqvist, Dr. Mike Varshavski, Dominic Fumusa, Eric West, Billy Porter, Jeremy Carver, Ryan Serhant, Simon Doonan, Russian Roulette, and Todd Searles.
Prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer affecting men exclusively, with one in nine diagnosed in the U.S. and 14 million affected worldwide.
For more info on the foundation, visit www.pcf.org.