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.









source: style.com