Housing Works Fashion For Action 2009


I had the pleasure of attending the “Housing Works Fashion For Action 2009” sample sale and auction event yesterday night in New York City. The Fall benefit and sample sale featured to die for auction packages, and unbeatable designer finds. The event, which is co-chaired by fab designer Derek Lam, is a four-day charitable fashion event, silent auction, and sample sale, that raises funds for Housing Works’ lifesaving services for homeless and low-income New Yorker’s living with HIV/AIDS:

These Balmain boots were on sale for $975!!

Packages auctioned include tickets to the “Essence Music Festival 2010” and a three-night-stay in a hotel in New Orleans, tickets to the Oscar de la RentaBCBG MAXAZRIATracy Reese, and Rebecca Taylor shows during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2010 in New York City, and two tickets to the Broadway show, backstage passes to meet the cast and a private theater tour with John Stamos two tickets to the Broadway show, backstage passes to meet the cast and a private theater tour with John Stamos, just to name a few.

As for the sample sale, my FAVORITE part by the way, over 150 top designers donated more than $1 million of merchandise, which was sold at 50%-70% off at retail price. Participating designers and brands include Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Christian Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, DVF, Fendi, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Lanvin, Paul Smith, Theory, and Yves Saint Laurent, just to name a few. And with my mentor , Shakara, being as FABULOUS and generous as she is, she decided to cop me a pair of the silver Balenciaga ankle booties from the Fall 2008 collection:

Designed by Pierre Hardy for his friend and designer Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, for the Fall 2008 collection. With the futuristic feel and sharp attention to detail, it’s no doubt that it garnered a mass following from some of today’s most respected trend setters. Sarah Jessica Parker being one of the biggest fans:

From Sarah Jessica, to Ciara, to Heidi Klum, to Victoria Beckham, and even to BET’s Rocsi Diaz, this shoe has had it’s fair share of red carpet and TV appearances. But originally retailing at $960, I got (well my mentor got) a sweet, mind-blowing deal, snatching up the last pair in my size for $150!! Who’s your daddy?

Overall, it was an amazing, successful event, and besides my brand new, fab pair of Balenciaga’s, the atmosphere was great! Can’t wait until next time!

Pictures: Jeniece Isley/InTheirCloset.com/Zimbio

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