Teddy Bears for Charity
On December 10, Mark Ronson will head to New York’s
Highline Ballroom to host The Other Ball: a soiree and
auction whose proceeds will go to Arms Around the Child.
Founded by Leigh Blake, the charity aims to provide struggling children
in developing countries with a loving home, medical treatment,
protection and education. Underwritten by Topshop, the event will
feature performances from The Black Keys, A$AP Rocky, Lykke
Li, and more. And if the party isn’t enough to get you in a giving mood,
the one-of-a-kind teddy bears up for auction most certainly will.
Christian Louboutin, Alexander Wang, Topshop’s Topman,Opening
Ceremony, Thom Browne, Simon Doonan, and Chromat have each
put their own spin on the stuffed toys, which, crafted from black leather, are
surprisingly subversive.“I had so much fun reimagining my bear,” said Doonan
of his buckle-and-spike-embellished design. “I channeled Helmut Newton and
added a dollop of Christopher Street circa the seventies. I wanted to show that
bears can be kinky, too.” Wang’s version also has a dark side, what with its silver
X-eyed executioner’s mask and black studded collar. Louboutin whipped up
a superhero-style bear, complete with a cape and paws in his signature hue
of red,and Thom Browne’s iteration is dressed in one of the designer’s cropped
suits. “We need to bring more awareness to the importance of children’s
happiness, well-being, and innocence,” said Browne of the project. Each
bear will go under the hammer for a starting price of $1,000.