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The Blue Jacket Fashion Show

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There’s not much famous science educator and host Bill Nye, TV personality Dr. OZ, actor Mario Canton, and former host of America’s Next Top Model Nigel Barker have in common. Well, there are a few things, such as being well-known celebrities, and they all have prostates. Those two reasons led them to share a runway, kicking off fashion week for the 2nd annual Blue Jacket Fashion Show at Pier 59 Studios, raising money to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 07: Nigel Barker walks the runway at the Blue Jacket Fashion Show to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation on February 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Blue Jacket)

Any gay man knows the importance of the prostate, and the show is spreading awareness to the rest of the public. The Blue Jacket Fashion Show initiative is a national awareness campaign designed to demystify and create a platform to openly discuss men’s cancer issues. This year, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, the show, once again, enlisted top designers to donate jackets, which were sported by celebrities volunteering to be models for the night. Designers featured in the show included Michael Kors, Joseph Abboud, John Varvatos, Theory, Todd Snyder, Ryan Seacrest, Thom Browne, Geoffrey Beene, Duckie Brown, Greg Norman, Nick Graham, Gustavo Moscoso, Haspel, Stephen Ferber, Bruno Magli, Son Jung Wan and Edwige Pierre – by Josh Washington.

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 07: Alex Lundqvist walks the runway at the Blue Jacket Fashion Show to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation on February 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for Blue Jacket)

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, and it is the leading cancerous-related cause of death among men. Part of the Blue Jacket Initiative, the Blue Jacket Fashion Show was founded by designer Frederick Anderson and Laura Miller. The night ended with a cocktail reception, and the guests got to mingle with all of the celebrity models. It was a wonderful opportunity to support an important cause while searching for a husband, thus killing two birds with one runway show.

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 07: Dr. Mehmet Oz walks the runway at the Blue Jacket Fashion Show to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation on February 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for Blue Jacket)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 07: Bill Nye walks the runway at the Blue Jacket Fashion Show to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation on February 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Blue Jacket)

 

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 07: Simon Doonan walks the runway at the Blue Jacket Fashion Show to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation on February 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for Blue Jacket)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 07: Don Lemon attends the Blue Jacket Fashion Show to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation on February 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Blue Jacket)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 07: Nigel Barker (L) and Tijana Ibrahimovic (R) attend the Blue Jacket Fashion Show to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation on February 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Blue Jacket)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 07: Ty Hunter, a guest, J. Alexander and Cory Wade attend the Blue Jacket Fashion Show to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation on February 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Blue Jacket)

 

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Jamie Valentino

Jamie Valentino is a freelance writer and has contributed to publications such as Vulkan Magazine and Cynical Magazine. He previously worked in the showroom at the Burberry U.S. Headquarters and freelanced in communications for Manhattan Renovations. He covers pop culture, entertainment, New York Fashion Week, premieres and red carpets exclusively in New York City. Instagram: @thejamievalentino Jamievalentino26@gmail.com

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