Macy’s Passport 2011: Bruno Mars, Far East Movement, and Fall Fashion

Bruno Mars at the Orpheum Theatre (Photography by Edric Itchon)

Bringing San Francisco’s fashion forces to their feet on Friday night at the Orpheum Theater, musician Bruno Mars headlined Macy’s annual Passport Presents Glamorama, the annual HIV/AIDS fundraising event that tours four cities across the country in September.

Mars dressed in his signature Bebop style.

In 2011, Macy’s, through Passport and other programs, will donate almost $1 million to HIV/AIDS organizations, according to Laura Gardner Smith, Macy’s Northwest media relations manager.

Mars performed three numbers backed by his energetic band, delivering with his effervescent personality and  short—but sweet—set that included hits  “Grenade,” “Runaway Baby,” and “Just the Way You Are.”

Far East Movement doing press before the show begins in the green room.

Far East Movement opened for Mars earlier in the evening, holding their own onstage with hits “Rocketeer” and crowd-pumping “Like a G6,” their Billboard Chart’s topping dance single that made them the first Asian-American band with a number one song in the country.

Far East Movement on stage on Friday at the Orpheum.

Shifting  in the direction of a variety show and concert in recent years, rather than the runway presentation formerly held at the Fort Mason Center, this year’s Passport still included a healthy dose of fall fashion.

In between song and dance numbers, as well as a tribute delivered by former model Kathy Ireland, in honor of the late Passport founding chairperson Elizabeth Taylor, models paraded across the stage in designer-focused segments.

Cute and tiny ballroom dancers

Former model Kathy Ireland

Winter white coat by Calvin Klein.

Trim men's suit by Calvin Klein.

Armani, Kenneth Cole, Rachel Rachel Roy, Tracy Reese, Calvin Klein, and Macy’s own private contemporary label Bar III were some of the featured collections, with the annual men’s underwear portion—featuring buffed-out, half-dressed models—inspiring high-decibel squeals and shouts of approval.

A collegiate Americana look by Tommy Girl (Tommy Hilfiger).

Channeling '70s retro with a printed maxi dress by Tracy Reese.

Pops of color by Rachel Rachel Roy.

Faux fur remains strong for fall in this boho chic look by Rachel Rachel Roy.

A casual weekend look by Kenneth Cole Reaction.

Tweed, leather, and lace looks from Macy's Impulse contemporary department.

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One thought on “Macy’s Passport 2011: Bruno Mars, Far East Movement, and Fall Fashion

  1. I always think I don’t like Tommy Hilfiger because of the prepster, all-American ads. But then I’ll see something I like at a store, pick it up and be surprised it’s TH. The look above confirms it–it’s a little much all at once, but I like the individual items.

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