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Derek Lam Tapped as Host, Chair, Mentor for Cerebral Palsy Foundation Gala


UNIVERSAL DESIGN: Design students were charged with weaving the theme of fashion and innovation into their pieces for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation’s Design for Disability Gala.
The event, scheduled for May 16, has Derek Lam serving as the evening’s official host and honorary chair.
Lam also served as mentor to students from the Fashion Institute of Technology, The New School’s Parsons School of Design and School of Visual Arts for a fashion show component to the evening.
Honorees at the gala include ABC Network’s “Speechless” for the Goldenson-Arbus Vanguard Media Award, Microsoft for the Global Empowerment Award and Nike for fashion innovation specifically for its FlyEase shoe.
“Derek’s involvement has been wonderful, both enlightening and inspiring,” said Cerebral Palsy Foundation chief executive officer Richard Ellenson. “As students have wrestled with complex functional issues, he has not only shown an appreciation for their insights as to making fashion accessible, he has been unerring in helping guide them toward the creation of cohesive and affecting collections. It’s been a treat for all of us to experience firsthand his thoughts on fabric selection, workmanship and the power of fashion.”
Lam became acquainted with the organization’s Design for Disability program through Domenico de Sole, chairman at Sotheby’s and Tom Ford and

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