Moth­er­land

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“Tommy Hil­figer, are you a global fem­i­nist?” An­nie Len­nox asked Wed­nes­day night as she ad­dressed a char­ity cock­tail party in Man­hat­tan, apol­o­giz­ing for putting the de­signer on the spot.

“I’m there,” Hil­figer shot back with a big smile — and the room broke out into ap­plause.

Len­nox is pa­tron of the char­ity Mother­s2Mothers, which em­ploys HIV-pos­i­tive women to stamp out the trans­mis­sion of the virus to chil­dren across eight African coun­tries. She was in­tro­duc­ing its mis­sion to New York, and char­ac­ter­ized it as “global fem­i­nism” at work.

“Over 250 ba­bies are in­fected with HIV ev­ery day in sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa. It doesn’t have to be that way,” the singer told a cross-sec­tion of the city’s movers and shak­ers as­sem­bled at the Man­hat­tan home of lux­ury con­sul­tant Mari­gay Mc­Kee.

Kris Jen­ner was there, wear­ing low-key black — a tuxedo jacket from Phoebe Philo-era Ce­line with a gauzy Mai­son Margiela blouse. But her ac­ces­sories did the talk­ing: big avi­a­tor glasses and a sparkly Tom Ford bag spell­ing out “Pussy Power.

“I’m here for the Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret fash­ion show. Kendall is walk­ing in it so I couldn’t miss it,” Jen­ner said of her model daugh­ter.

Other fash­ion fig­ures in the crowd in­cluded Value Re­tail’s Scott Malkin, Ker­ing Amer­ica’s Lau­rent Claquin, Gucci Amer­ica’s Su­san Chokachi and Harper’s Bazaar’s Glenda Bai­ley.

Last year, Mother­s2Mothers served al­most 2.3 mil­lion clients, and em­ployed nearly 3,000 men­tor moth­ers across eight African coun­tries, vir­tu­ally elim­i­nat­ing mother-to-child trans­mis­sion of HIV among en­rolled women four years in a row. — WWD STAFF

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