By Laura Medina
Macy's Glamorama is now, unofficially, the West Coast's answer to New York's CBS' "Fashion Rocks" during New York Fashion Week.
This scribe is uncertain if "Fashion Rocks" is affiliated with any charity organization but anyone who participates in Macy's "Glamorama" is schooled in what it is always about, raising funds for the cure for AIDS/HIV, bringing and keeping awareness and education alive and importantly, taking care of those already stricken with the illness. Underneath all this glitz and fun, is a big heart.
On being one of the main performers for Macy's Glamorama...
"I’m proud of the charity. It’s incredible."
"I got the call from Clear Channel actually. They asked me to be a part of it. With all the fashion, with all the charity, it’s amazing. It’s an amazing event."
Is he more of a suit guy or a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy?
"It depends on the occasion. It’s fun to dress up. When you look good, you feel good. When you’re going to the White House, you don’t want to rock your Wiggle Jacket, you know, on that particular day. I like having different styles. I feel like a different person. I talk different. My demeanor is different."
On joining "Glamorama" fundraiser,..
"It’s a good cause, obviously. Anytime you can celebrate a good cause in a fun, interactive way, awesome."
On Jason Derulo performing…
"Hell yeah! We are! “Wiggle, Wiggle,” we love that song."
"I think I heard it started in a cafeteria at Macy’s in 1982. So, it’s incredible that something like that could go to raise $30 Million dollars over thirty years. We’re in a completely different place thirty years ago, with the AIDS epidemic with organizations like this, help educate, help prevent, and care for people who have HIV."
Since this is his first time attending the event, he's really looking forward to Jason Derulo and all the amazing foodie treats he heard about. Anticipation.
DJ Paul Oakenfield dj-ing after Jason Derulo.
"Being British and living here, enjoy living here. It was the right thing to do, you know."
"I used to do this back in London and now, Hollywood is my home. I want to do something to give back."
"I probably play a little bit more Madonna and Cher because I worked with producers who produced them. Other than that, it’s just giving people a good time really. That’s what’s it about."
"Well, as you can see, I like suits; but anything that’s comfortable really."
Remember, this charity started in fashion.
But this time, it went from an employees' cafeteria to a real show-stopper.
Glamorama always has this tradition of mixing showbiz, dance, and a runway show.
Inside Create Nightclub Hollywood, it was suits meets underwear.
Tallia Orange has finally caught up with designer, Malan Breton. His influence is seen in the rich velvet smoking jackets and the opulent brocade blazers.
Everybody needs a good pair of briefs and 2Xist is the "eye candy" of the night.
Chef Todd English
Speaking of "eye candy," every year Glamorama always has a celebrity chef design the dinner buffet.
This year is Chef Todd English. A welcome twist to a West Coast event, considering he's mainly East Coast.
The dinner fare was "modern Southern."
This scribe swears his Truffle Tater Tots were the best! Nuggets of golden fried, crunchy shards of potato.
The second runner-up was his mini Fried Chicken sandwiches.
His Mac n' Cheese were not to be missed.
At the end of the night, in the inner outdoor courtyard, Tallia Orange hosted, obviously, a orange-themed and flavored candy bar for dessert.
You can watch the eye candies on https://www.tastemade.com/@the_arriviste/7EVARvPcT_20MtGrhLNICg on Tastemade.