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High Fashion In Blue For Autism

High Fashion In Blue For Autism


Los Angeles, 29 September 2016 – Jackie, the French Reporter was blessed to be part of an amazing event, La Vie En Blue 2016 Fashion Gala for Autism Speaks At the Warner Brother’s Studios. This inaugural event was a Parisian-themed evening of high fashion and one-of-a-kind costumes. It also honoured Steven Grossman and Harry Topping, Jr. for “their exemplary leadership, longstanding support, and generous commitment to Autism Speaks.”

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. They coordinate several different fronts of advocacy for autism on a federal and state level, and organize and support several events to raise awareness and funds, as well as educate parents of autistic children and adults with autism, and how to live the best life despite its challenges.

“Events like these really help promote understanding and acceptance for people who are on the autism spectrum and the challenges, sometimes, that they and their families face.” explained Angela Timashenka Geiger, president and CEO of Autism Speaks, on why La vie En Blue Fashion Gala for Autism speaks is such an important event.

Antonio Jaramillo was also there, saying: “Autism Speaks is very important to me. I have a son who has autism. So, anything that has to do with autism, I have to show my face and show my support because it is very important that we give them the resources they need so that they can keep helping parents, like myself, you know in the beginning it was very difficult I had no idea what it was. And so they teach you, they give you all the tools you need to learn.”

Kym Whitley added: “I have a lot of friends who have children with autism and I just think, well one thing is a lot of people aren’t aware of what it is so I think education is key.”

Jackie had a dream come true when meeting the one and only Perez Hilton (Mr. Hilton got a hug!) Asked why, out of all the events he is invited to so regularly, he chose to attend this one, he told us: “I’m here tonight for many reasons; first of all I really care about children and also I think we are so close to finding a cure for autism. We’ve already made great progress in treating children with autism but I think that a cure is imminent. So I want to help raise awareness and funds. I’m a father of two and one of my dear friends, Steven Grossman, is being honoured tonight.”

Host Kevin Frazier summed the event up nicely by saying: “Look at the beautiful women on the red carpet (blue Mr. Frazier, but we’ll let it slide this time!), it’s a great night, a perfect night for a party. And also we are here to support a great cause, Autism Speaks is an amazing organization that does incredible work, and so for me to be out here tonight, lucky enough to host this event is a blessing. We all talk about what we want to do but the important thing is: put your money where your mouth is. And if you really believe you want to help this cause, then put your money up. Don’t talk about it, it’s nice that you tweet, but put your money up.”

If you wish to learn more about Autism Speaks, visit and find out how you can support or donate to this incredible organization, or participate in one of the many Autism Speaks Walks or other sporting events they have around the country.

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Written by: Miquette Caalsen




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 – More than 400 celebrities, designers, industry influencers and autism advocates attended Autism Speaks‘ inaugural La Vie En BLUE Fashion Gala, which took place Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Warner Bros. Studios’ back lot on the Brownstone Street. This Partisan-themed night of fashion and philanthropy was produced by Metropolitan Fashion Week with proceeds going to the Autism Speaks Southern California Chapter.

Hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and model Molly Sims, this star-studded fundraiser featured celebrities including Adrienne Bailon (The Real), EveHilary RhodaKeltie Knight (The Insider) and Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day: Resurgence) strutting the runway in gorgeous blue evening gowns, which are now up for auction on Children on the autism spectrum, varying from ages six to 13, modeled the latest fashions from GUESS Kids donated by the GUESS Foundation.

Highlighting the evening was an awards presentation to two champions of Autism Speaks’ mission – Untitled Entertainment talent manager Steven Grossman (who received the award from his client, The Real’s Jeannie Mai) and City National Bank’s SVP Harry Topping Jr. Both honorees have children on the autism spectrum and were honored for their exemplary leadership, longstanding support and generous commitment to Autism Speaks.

Tonight we honored and highlighted the advocacy efforts of two amazing fathers, Harry Topping, Jr. and Steven Grossman, who both have sons with autism,” said Suzette Martinez, Executive Director of Autism Speaks Southern California. “Their journeys with autism, their search for answers and their passion to raise awareness about are equally inspirational.”

The fashion gala also included an exclusive performance from ZUMANITY™ by Cirque du Soleil, live music from DJ Pauly D and DJ Splyce and a live auction hosted by TV personality Matt Rogers (Home & Family). Also performing was teen Amanda Anderson, an aspiring opera singer with autism.

Among the stars who attended include Jeannie Mai (The Real), Aubrey O’Day (Celebrity Big Brother), Shenae Grimes (90210),Kristian Alfonso (Days of Our Lives), Joanna Krupa (Real Housewives of Miami), Kym Whitley (Young & Hungry), model/musician Josh Beech, Perez Hilton, Ashlan Gorse Costeau, and Antonio Jaramillo (Shades of Blue).

David Tupaz Couture, Dalia Macphee, Ron Tomson, Carl Andrada, Erick Bendana, Julie Danforth, Jhiovani Fasons, Usama Ishtay and Sivalia Couture were among the unique fashion and costume designers featured in the fashion show.

Co-chairing La Vie En BLUE were attorney Georgianna Junco-Kelman (Law Offices of Georgianna Junco-Kelman) and Nikki Pesusich (president of Coterie Media). Stars that have lent their support to La Vie En BLUE‘s honorary host committee include Christie Brinkley, Naomi Campbell, Molly Sims, Paris Hilton, Kelly Osbourne, Melissa Rivers, NeNe Leakes, Kelly Rowland, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai.

La Vie En BLUE was generously sponsored by the Guess Foundation, City National Bank, CBRE, Paul Attanasio, Common Wealth Partners, Steelcase, Tangram, FX Networks, MK Rice, Gensler, Howard Building Co, Samsung Group, Coca-Cola Company, Two Faced Cosmetics, Urban Decay Cosmetics, Kendra Scott Jewelry, Big Sugar Bakeshop, Porto’s Bakery, Hidden Gardens Florist and The Los Angeles Kings. Entertainment Tonight, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety were media sponsors.

For more info about La Vie En BLUE, go to or get #ASFashionGala updates by following Autism Speaks Southern California on Facebook and Twitter.


Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed millions to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 70 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit or follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Metropolitan Fashion Week is one of the fastest growing fashion weeks in the United States, with shows in Seattle, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and soon, New York. Metropolitan is the only fashion week in the world that features both Fashion Designers and Costume Designers, from around the world, on one runway. Metropolitan Fashion Week has made a global impact on the fashion scene by presenting events held in dramatic, non-traditional venues that showcase not only fashion designers and costume designs, but also the most beautiful venues each city has to offer. Celebrating the world of fashion and costume designers in the categories of avant-garde and couture gowns, MFW spotlights over 150 works of art created by international fashion and costume designers and are original “one-of-a-kind” creations. Get #MetroFW updates by following MFW on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube. 

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