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March 11, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith rocked out, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner got the word out and a constellation of celebrities took their wallets out -- to the tune of $830,000 -- at a charity event and mini-concert organized by John Varvatos and funding a program helping child victims of sexual assault. That brings the total raised by the annual event over the last decade to $3.53 million, with funds going to the Stuart House , a program created by the Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center to serve the special needs of sexually abused children.  While the silent auction and a spirited live auction helped the event easily outstrip last year's $700,000 fundraiser , honorary co-chairs Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck underscored the benefit's other goal of shining a light on the topic of childhood sexual abuse -- and programs that deal with it. "When I first visited Stuart House eight or nine years ago, I was so impressed with how safe it felt," Garner told the crowd.  In his comments, Affleck explained that he got involved because his wife had hosted an earlier incarnation of the event.
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July 9, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Rock 'n' roll-loving menswear designer John Varvatos is apparently going a little bit country, tapping Willie Nelson and the singer's two youngest sons, Lukas and Micah Nelson, to be the face of the brand's fall 2013 advertising campaign. Shot by photographer Danny Clinch, the campaign images capture the troika of Nelsons in full family portrait mode at the Salisbury House in Des Moines (a '20s-era Tudor Revival manse built for cosmetics magnate Carl Weeks). Willie is wearing a black, two-button, notch lapel JV "Hampton" tuxedo, a white dress shirt with a wing collar and French cuffs (paired with his own boots, we're told)
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July 9, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Rock 'n' roll-loving menswear designer John Varvatos is apparently going a little bit country, tapping Willie Nelson and the singer's two youngest sons, Lukas and Micah Nelson, to be the face of the brand's fall 2013 advertising campaign. Shot by photographer Danny Clinch, the campaign images capture the troika of Nelsons in full family portrait mode at the Salisbury House in Des Moines (a '20s-era Tudor Revival manse built for cosmetics magnate Carl Weeks). Willie is wearing a black, two-button, notch lapel JV "Hampton" tuxedo, a white dress shirt with a wing collar and French cuffs (paired with his own boots, we're told)
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April 3, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Thanks to an online auction that allowed bidding to continue long after the music had faded, the amount raised by last month's John Varvatos Stuart House fundraiser hosted by honorary co-chairs Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner has topped $950,000 -- the largest amount in the annual event's decade-long history. The tally stood at an already-impressive $830,000 the day after the March 10 charity event and raised primarily through a spirited live auction. Pepping up the atmosphere was a live performance by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
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March 15, 2009 | Adam Tschorn
The annual John Varvatos Stuart House benefit, which raises funds to help the child victims of sexual abuse, can always be counted on to draw a constellation of celebrities into its worthy-cause orbit. The seventh installment, last weekend, pulled plenty of familiar faces into the tent at the corner of Robertson and Melrose, including Alice Cooper, Jim Belushi, Eric McCormack, Donovan Leitch, Perry Farrell, Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, plus event hosts Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.
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June 8, 2005 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
Vera Wang was honored with American fashion's highest award on Monday night, receiving the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Womenswear Designer of the Year award. The awards, held at the New York Public Library, also singled out John Varvatos as Menswear Designer of the Year. Wang, a former Vogue editor, revolutionized the bridal wear market in the 1990s, offering simple, modern alternatives to the prevailing frou-frou styles.
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September 26, 2000 | VALLI HERMAN-COHEN, TIMES SENIOR FASHION WRITER
For a beginner, menswear fashion designer John Varvatos is having the kind of success that normally comes to veterans. Before the New Yorker had even shipped his first collection of upscale menswear this year, he'd accumulated many of the rewards of someone who'd already been in business for years: press attention, store support and industry buzz. Last June, Varvatos received the Perry Ellis Award, American fashion's highest honor for newcomers.
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January 11, 2009 | Adam Tschorn
Next week, when his men's collection hits the Milan runway, New York designer John Varvatos will be firing the opening salvo in a bid to make his rock-flavored label the next American lifestyle brand to go global. In nine years, he's managed to make fashion safe for men, invented the laceless Converse Chuck Taylor slip-on and turned New York's CBGB nightclub into a clothing boutique. To paraphrase the Talking Heads, who got their start in the same 315 Bowery St.
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March 20, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The event was "A Night at Sardi's," and the honoree was Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger. The result? Event co-chairwoman Laurie Burrows Grad said the 19th annual event, founded in honor of her father, Broadway legend Abe Burrows, raised more than $1.6 million for the Alzheimer's Assn. Asked what brought him to the Beverly Hilton, producer Jerry Bruckheimer replied, "Robert Iger. " "He's the man," said Nick Jonas, who came to sing Cole Porter tunes. Guests included Kristen Bell, Scott Bakula, Taye Diggs, Ken Howard, Audra McDonald and Kevin McKidd, as well as Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar and Jim Parsons of the "Big Bang Theory.
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March 20, 2011 | By Ellen Olivier, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The event was "A Night at Sardi's," and the honoree was Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger. The result? Event co-chairwoman Laurie Burrows Grad said the 19th annual event, founded in honor of her father, Broadway legend Abe Burrows, raised more than $1.6 million for the Alzheimer's Assn. Asked what brought him to the Beverly Hilton, producer Jerry Bruckheimer replied, "Robert Iger. " "He's the man," said Nick Jonas, who came to sing Cole Porter tunes. Guests included Kristen Bell, Scott Bakula, Taye Diggs, Ken Howard, Audra McDonald and Kevin McKidd, as well as Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar and Jim Parsons of the "Big Bang Theory.
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March 15, 2009 | Adam Tschorn
The annual John Varvatos Stuart House benefit, which raises funds to help the child victims of sexual abuse, can always be counted on to draw a constellation of celebrities into its worthy-cause orbit. The seventh installment, last weekend, pulled plenty of familiar faces into the tent at the corner of Robertson and Melrose, including Alice Cooper, Jim Belushi, Eric McCormack, Donovan Leitch, Perry Farrell, Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, plus event hosts Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.
IMAGE
January 11, 2009 | Adam Tschorn
Next week, when his men's collection hits the Milan runway, New York designer John Varvatos will be firing the opening salvo in a bid to make his rock-flavored label the next American lifestyle brand to go global. In nine years, he's managed to make fashion safe for men, invented the laceless Converse Chuck Taylor slip-on and turned New York's CBGB nightclub into a clothing boutique. To paraphrase the Talking Heads, who got their start in the same 315 Bowery St.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2005 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
Vera Wang was honored with American fashion's highest award on Monday night, receiving the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Womenswear Designer of the Year award. The awards, held at the New York Public Library, also singled out John Varvatos as Menswear Designer of the Year. Wang, a former Vogue editor, revolutionized the bridal wear market in the 1990s, offering simple, modern alternatives to the prevailing frou-frou styles.
NEWS
September 26, 2000 | VALLI HERMAN-COHEN, TIMES SENIOR FASHION WRITER
For a beginner, menswear fashion designer John Varvatos is having the kind of success that normally comes to veterans. Before the New Yorker had even shipped his first collection of upscale menswear this year, he'd accumulated many of the rewards of someone who'd already been in business for years: press attention, store support and industry buzz. Last June, Varvatos received the Perry Ellis Award, American fashion's highest honor for newcomers.
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