73rd annual parsons benefit raises close to $2.6 million, honors tory burch, lauren santo domingo, darren walker, and kehinde wiley

Host Brad Goreski was joined by Donna Karan and others at The Glasshouse in New York City

Honorees Lauren Santo Domingo, Darren Walker, and Tory Burch

WHAT: On Monday, May 23, 2022, The New School hosted the 73rd annual Parsons Benefit, honoring visionary figures in fashion, philanthropy, fine arts, and design that embody the university’s commitment to creativity, innovation, sustainability, and inclusivity. The evening recognized Tory Burch, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Tory Burch LLC; Lauren Santo Domingo, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer, Moda Operandi; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; and Kehinde Wiley, Visual Artist. 

Liz Rodbell, Steve Madden Group President, and Gena Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer, LVMH Inc., served as the Parsons Benefit Co-Chairs. 

This year’s Parsons Benefit also included a presentation of student work from recent graduates who previously were unable to show due to the pandemic. The live runway program featured the work of Cole Durkee, Tianqi Chen, Shuxaun Li, Kou Yanga, Zisu Tak, Karen Hesh and Zoe Gustavia Anna Whalen. The Benefit also featured a live performance from recent graduates of The New School's School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.


  • Tory Burch, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Tory Burch LLC
  • Lauren Santo Domingo, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer, Moda Operandi
  • Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
  • Brad Goreski, Stylist and TV personality 
  • Derek Blasberg, Head of Fashion at Youtube 
  • Liz Rodbell, Steve Madden Group President
  • Gena Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer, LVMH Inc
  • Donna Karan, Designer and Founder of Donna Karan New York
  • Zanna Roberts Rassi, Fashion Journalist
  • Kate Young, Stylist 
  • Wes Gordon, Designer
  • Fernando Garcia, Designer
  • Ivan Bart, President of IMG
  • Laurent Claquin, President of Kering Americas 
  • Trey Laird, Laird & Partners  
  • Samira Nasr, Editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar 

WHERE: The Glasshouse, 660 12th Avenue, New York, New York

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Parsons School of Design at The New School is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines, as well as online courses, degree and certificate programs. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century.


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