Bent on Learning
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 2/7/2013, 3:05 p.m.
Here's one for you. Bent on Learning's Inspire! Gala, held at Christie's, finally took place after being rescheduled from its original Oct. 30 date due to Hurricane Sandy. Amid all of the flair of high fashion and all of the accoutrements that go along with it, Bent stayed true to its mission: bringing yoga to public schools in low-income neighborhoods; as their slogan puts it, Bent is "Where inner-city kids find inner peace." Honorary chair of the evening was Donna Karan along with no-show Gwyneth Paltrow. Hope they raised lots of loot for this good cause. Ohm.
OK, so last week I wasn't so keen on Beyonce, but you have to give credit where credit is due. She and Jay-Z looked to die for at the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. A very candid photograph of the couple, in which she is wearing a floor-length Emilio Pucci dress and Christian Dior coat and Jay-Z is dressed too cool for school, looked so sweet; and just in time for Valentine's Day. You have to love 'em. And while we're on the subject, first lady Michelle Obama stole the show in a red Jason Wu dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, Kimberly MacDonald and Forevermark jewelry. Not everyone can wear red, but she can. Then again, Michelle looks good in anything she wears. Sigh!
Speaking of Beyonce and fast-forwarding to the Super Bowl--OK, so she was hot, but maybe a little too hot. Her moves were a little too suggestive for my taste, especially with a little 7-year-old sitting by my side. Then to top it all off, her sizzle blew out the Super Dome lights; quel dommage. I know, they say it was just a power surge, but it all makes sense to me. All of those who think the godaddy.com sexy-meets-smart commercial was yuck, raise your hands. Mine is up.
Now here is an event I'm still trying to figure out. It all took place at the Ambassadors River View at the United Nations, where an eclectic crowd gathered, and of course it was all for a good cause. The celebration was to feature the launch of Vera and the Save.Love.Give campaign. The brains behind this beauty is a free mobile phone app developed by Validas. Vera is a tool that lets wireless mobile phone users take the difference between monthly minutes used and monthly minutes saved and donate them to the Save.Love.Give campaign. All under the auspices of the Seven Bar Foundation, the organization works to "empower women through microfinance, raising them out of poverty and into business." Saving money on mobile phone bills, Loving the "Vera app solution" and Giving the savings to a worthy philanthropic cause. It's all a means of social consciousness, get it? Anyway, there leading the way--and she does it so well--was it-girl Hannah Bronfman, daughter of Sherry. Wow, is she gorgeous, and the outfit she was wearing, designed by Vivienne Tam, was ... well, you just have to see it online and then you might believe it; my vocabulary doesn't stretch that far. Joining Hannah was Mickalene Thomas and others too far out to mention.