Last night we had the good fortune to attend the Fashion for Action Housing Works benefit – a four-day charitable fashion event, silent auction and sample sale that seeked to raise funds for Housing Works’ lifesaving services for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Hosted by Derek Lam and Olivia Palermo the event certainly brought out the fashion glitterati who were there to lend their presence and efforts to a very worthwhile cause.
With fashionable cognoscenti playing fabulous in front of cameras and the wonderful array of must have fashion must have items on display it was a lively scene to behold. Featured guests included designers Loris Diran, Peyman Umay, Richie Rich, Alex McCord of Real Housewives of New York City, Althea Harper, stylist – Derek Warburton, John Bartlett, designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Rod Keenan (love those hats!) and an assortment of media types and the general photogenic suspects that we have come to adore.
At one point Sarabeth Stroller, Scallywag and Vagabond honorary fan countered that, in her view, fashion was losing it’s countenance by attempting to be all things to all people – especially the notion of being gender neutral or androgynous in it’s presentation of clothes and images.
Countered Loris Diran who we are quite fond of– “Not at all, we still believe in sexy and as long as there is testerone in the air, the sexes will always dress to romance and captivate each other.”
Indeed we couldn’t agree more.
Guests merrily sipped and snacked on a wonderful assortment of beverages and food as we took our vantage view from the VIP decks (yes even we like the VIP decks) and wondered out aloud if the classic Burberry croc leather bag we had come across would still be there. When we checked later the bidding price was beyond our negotiating skills but we were very happy to have come along – hooray for a wonderful cause!
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