- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ever think you would see Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley, fashion designer Jason Wu and Robert F. Kennedy in the same sentence?

Well, seeing is believing because G2 has learned that the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the nonprofit advocacy group founded to celebrate the legacy of the slain attorney general and presidential candidate, is holding an online auction fundraiser with some high-fashion items up for bid.

For starters, Mr. Talley is offering VIP seats beside him at four New York Fashion Week shows plus an opportunity to go backstage and schmooze with the designers. Oh, and because you’ll work up an appetite with all that air-kissing, Mr. Talley will take you out to lunch or dinner. Current bid: $6,100.

Next up, a chat over tea with man-of-the-moment designer Mr. Wu, who famously created Michelle Obama’s ethereal white inaugural gown. The experience also includes two tickets to his 2010 fashion show at Bergdorf Goodman. Current bid: $625.

Last but not least, a chance to have lunch with “Project Runway” host, style author and Washington native Tim Gunn. Current bid: $1,275.

If fashion isn’t your thing, tons of other glamorous people are lending their names to the cause, including Martha Stewart, who is donating a guided tour (with cookies and lemonade) of her private gardens. Current bid: $3,500.

Never missing an opportunity to give, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is offering a one-hour singing lesson. Current bid: Priceless.

Brosnan’s whale tale

If you’re a top-notch celebrity on a mission, you might get a meeting at the White House, but that doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get time with the celebrity in chief, President Obama, or so learned Pierce Brosnan on Tuesday when he was in town stumping to save the whales.

Mr. Brosnan enjoyed his time in the West Wing nonetheless and said he is open to meeting with the president at a later date to discuss legislation to protect the endangered marine mammals.

Mr. Brosnan spoke that evening at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Congressional Reception Celebrating U.S. Leadership in Global Whale Conservation at the Capitol Hill Visitors Center and answered questions from the media afterward. He was flanked by animal rights proponents IFAW President Fred O’Regan and Rep. Bill Delahunt, Massachusetts Democrat.

Mr. Brosnan has been an environmental and animal welfare activist for 15 years, so he’s no stranger to lobbying for a cause. “For me, these events are quite difficult,” Mr. Brosnan said of his time on the Hill. “Going out and just talking as actors, we can go on any stage in the world and have a great day, but somehow, when you have to show yourself in the hallowed halls of the Capitol, it really does test your mettle. But I am sincere in saying that this is a cause I believe in very strongly.”

Asked if he thought “Moby Dick” should be banned because of its depiction of whale abuse, Mr. Brosnan replied with a chuckle, “Should we ban Melville? No. Read it! Read it! Read that book.”

Asked how James Bond would save the whales, the suave former 007 diplomatically lateraled to his successor: “You’ll have to ask Daniel Craig.”

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