Fashion News: Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch star at the Geffen
Matthew Morrison, Dana Delany, Helen Mirren, Andy Garcia, Joe Mantegna and more stars shared songs and stories at L.A.'s "Backstage at the Geffen" fundraiser Monday. Morrison's "Glee" co-star Jane Lynch served as host, and the evening's honorees were Carol Burnett and Jim Gianopulos, co-chairman and chief executive of Fox Filmed Entertainment. The evening reportedly raised more than $1 million for children's art education. [Society News LA]
Sheena Monnin has resigned from the Miss Universe organization and given up her Miss Pennsylvania crown. She contended on Facebook that the results of last week's Miss USA pageant were rigged. Miss Rhode Island, Olivia Culpo, won the Miss USA crown. [Styliete]
But then word came out that Monnin had told the pageant organization she resigned because of a decision to allow transgender competitors, something Culpo spoke in favor of during the pageant. The discussion stems from 23-year-old Jenna Talackova, a transgendered woman who participated in the Miss Universe Canada competition last month. [The Cut]
Paco Rabanne announced via news release Wednesday morning that Lydia Maurer has been appointed new women's ready-to-wear artistic director. Maurer joined the fashion house in November 2011 as director of the Paco Rabanne Studio and previously worked for Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy, among others. She will present her first collection in her new role in Paris in October.
David Helpern, co-founder of Joan & David footwear, died May 14 at age 94 in Westwood, Calif. [WWD] (Subscription required.)
A Talbot's shareholder has filed a lawsuit contending that the deal for the company to be acquired by Sycamore Partners at $369 million is too low a price and that the board should have sought higher offers. [WWD] (Subscription required.)
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology announced via news release that it will open an exhibition of Ivy League Style on Sept. 4, running through Jan. 5. Yes, letter sweaters and class jackets will be on display, along with items from the likes of Brooks Bros., Arrow, Gant, Bass and Tommy Hilfiger, among others.
Photo: Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch during the "Backstage at the Geffen" fundraising event Monday. Credit: Jordan Strauss / Invision for the Geffen Playhouse