Fashion Favorites from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Global View | No Comments

The amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge has produced an exciting amount of buzz on the internet, generating a stupefying amount of both viewers and participants. The challenge’s viral net has been cast so far out to the sea of circulating videos, that the donation sensation has sparked a media frenzy. At this point we’ve heard it all, from the outcries of indecency on Kate Moss’s bikini top slip and Jourdan Dunn’s white shirt-sans-bra, to the finger-wagging due to shameless water waste. Yet the docu-challenge has left its nay-sayers in the flood and managed to enlist the participation of celebrities, including those belonging to the upper echelons of the fashion industry. The challenge has raised over $5 million to support the ALS Association and donations continue to climb…

After several weeks of witnessing celebs shaking a drenched fist at the camera, the fashion industry’s most venerated figures are getting down and dirty (clean, rather), and taking the ALS Ice Bucket challenge. Watching everyone from Naomi Campbell to Anna Wintour momentarily wipe away their veneer of brand image affords us glimpses of their humour and affability. We’ve taken an opportunity to compile a short list of our fashion favorites, from the simple to the cheeky.

Marigay McKee: Witness the president of Saks Fifth Avenue get drenched whilst wearing Alaia… She nominates Mark Lee, CEO of Barneys New York, Tony Spring, CEO of Bloomingdales and President Josh Schulman of Bergdorf Goodman.

Donatella Versace: Male models and Versace logo-embossed buckets are truly indicative of Donatella’s style. Despite the high production, her personality shines through. She nominated…

Benedict Cumberbatch: He’s not in fashion but we couldn’t resist the Sherlock star’s response to getting multiple nominations…

Stella McCartney: After being nominated by Gwyneth Paltrow, this designer pulls a classic line in a last ditch effort to escape her ice bucket doom…

Tom Ford: We can’t wait to see the videos from the designers Ford mentions (Nicolas Ghesquière and Hedi Slimane)

Stefano Gabana: He fufills his challenge with the adorable Kylie Minogue by his side. He exclaims that it’s “good for his skin.”

Jean Paul Gaultier: We’ve provided the translation below, but we think Jean Paul Gaultier may have racked extra points for creative strategy…

I thank Chonchita Woolf to have nominated me. It is now my turn to nominate someone. So I did think about Madeleine Vionnet, I did think about Coco Chanel, I did think about Elsa Schiarapelli but they did not answer me. So the candidate will be, #1 Rossy de Palma. #2 Nabilla, #3 Antoine de Caunes. So now it’s my turn, but I need an indispensable accessory that I will put straight away on the top of my head. Let’s do it!

Written by Alexandra Suarez

Alexandra Suarez

Alexandra Suarez, 22, recently graduated from the San Francisco Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion with her bachelor’s in Journalism, specializing in fashion. Alex is a freelance writer and has been ( and continues to be) a contributor at Modeconnect . Aside from writing fashion and lifestyle pieces with an angle on cultural perspective, her interests lie in creative writing, marketing, social anthropology, trend forecasting, and indulging her general curiosity for all things within the “creative” industries. Alex has also contributed to the Academy of Art’s Fashion School Daily and plans on moving to New York City. Find examples of her work on