SEVENTH ANNUAL BLUE JACKET FASHION SHOW LEADS NATIONAL CONVERSATION ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER
The seventh annual Blue Jacket Fashion Show in support of prostate cancer awareness, with fashion partner Fashion Group International, Inc., took place live on Wednesday, February 1st at Moonlight Studios in New York City. Sponsored by Janssen Oncology, part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, the show benefited nonprofit advocacy group ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and its efforts to raise awareness and funding to support prostate cancer patients and to improve early detection and reduce mortality. The show was also streamed live directly from ZeroCancer.org and fgi.org.
IMAGE ABOVE: Jack Menashe, Maryanne Grisz, Frederick Anderson (Designer/Co-Founder Blue Jacket Fashion Show), Olga Ferrara, and James D’Adamo Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images.
The Blue Jacket Fashion Show, founded by fashion designer Frederick Anderson, and marketer, Laura Miller, unites the worlds of fashion, entertainment, sports, healthcare, and media to openly discuss prostate cancer, with an emphasis on racial disparities and underserved communities.
Event participants for the main New York event included actor Mario Cantone; CNN’s Don Lemon, chef Marcus Samuelsson; author and scientist Bill Nye, actor Dominic Fumusa; actor London Brown; actor Eric West; NY1’s Frank DiLella; model Alex Lundqvist and more. Stylists/Designers such as Arjona Collection; Thom Browne; Michael Kors; Ben Sherman; Levi’s; Men’s Wearhouse; Stephen F; Bruno Magali; Carlos Campos; and Tommy Hilfiger also reimagined the traditional “blue jacket” that the models wore down the runway.
Ahead of the New York fashion show, the Mt. Sinai/Montefiore Hospital mobile medical van was located outside the venue to provide a quick and easy prostate-specific antigen test to participants, guests, and pedestrians.
Emerging designers through fashion partner, Fashion Group International debuted one-of-a-kind blue jackets on the runway in New York. Designers featured included Carlos Campos, Epperson, Peyman Umay, Don Morphy, Niyi Okuboyejo, Loris Diran, and Terry Singh, all former FGI Rising Star Award winners, and finalists.