Music and models flooded the streets of New York for the 5th annual Billabong Design for Humanity on Wednesday evening. Well, the event actually took place in Hollywood, but it was housed by the New York Street Backlot at Paramount Studios, which allowed patrons to get a taste of the Big Apple from the opposite coast.
The event was packed with spectators eager to scope out the live art installations, DJ sets, and place bids during the art auction to benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. What everyone had come to see, however, were the long and well-tanned stems that had arrived to strut the catwalk for a good cause.
After the fashion show, the crowd was treated to a live set by psychedelic folk rockers Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. Neo-hippie front man Alex Ebert seemed to radiate an infectious energy from his beard as spectators frolicked to some of the band’s most well liked tunes off their 2009 release, Up From Below.
Good times were had, money was raised for the cause, and hot snacks were dished up for the cab ride home, courtesy of the friendly neighborhood grilled cheese truck.