Housing Works To Host 2019 “Fashion for Action”

Shop Brand-New Designer Goods Priced Up To 80% Off At Three-Day Fundraising Event

Tickets Available For VIP Reception, Early-Access + GA Shopping On Nov. 14; Free Public Sale Nov. 15 + 16

Housing Works, a NYC non-profit organization that provides advocacy, support and lifesaving services to those impacted by homelessness and HIV/AIDS, will host its annual Fashion for Action fundraiser November 14-16, 2019. The highly anticipated event, brings together the best in entertainment and fashion for an exclusive shopping experience at the Housing Works Thrift Shop flagship location in Chelsea. The three-day event will kick off on November 14thwith a series of ticketed affairs that include a VIP reception, early-access and general admission shopping, culminating in a sale that is open to the public November 15th 16th.

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The event is sponsored by Amida Care, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., BCM One, BMO Bank, Comserv, Synoptek, and Our/ New York Vodka.

Fashion for Action began in 2004 with founding chair Andre Leon Talley and the late Natasha Richardson at the helm. Past event chairs have also included Thom Browne, Patricia Clarkson, Francisco Costa, Dree Hemingway, Marc Jacobs, Natalie Joos, Derek Lam and Rachel Roy. Together with the support of the fashion and beauty community, the benefit has grown to raise over $5 million towards the fight against HIV/AIDS in New York City.

Fashion For Action 2019 will showcase a bounty of brand-new merchandise, marked 50-80% off retail prices, donated by the biggest names in fashion. The sale will feature Men’s and Women’s apparel, shoes, handbags, accessories, and jewelry from brands that include: Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Issey Miyake, Coach, Helmut Lang, Theory, and more!

For over 25 years, Housing Works has fueled the fight to end HIV and Homelessness through fashion. The organization’s 13 Thrift Shops and signature events directly benefit its trailblazing work in grassroots activism, healthcare, and housing. Housing Works led the way during the height of the AIDS crisis in New York City, and continues to lead resistance efforts across the country in this current political climate.

The benefit will begin with a VIP Cocktail Reception gathering industry icons and leaders in fashion and entertainment at the Rubin Museum of Art. The event will be co-hosted by award-winning actress Patricia Clarkson and Bevy Smith, TV/radio personality and host of Sirius/XM’s Bevelations on Radio Andy. They will be joined by event chairs: Bethann Hardison, Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter, Cameron Silver, Iman, Mickey Boardman, Patricia Field, Phillip Picardi, and Anna Sui. Kevin Harter, Vice President of Fashion Direction, Bloomingdale’s and Michael Carl, VP of Press and Influence, Hermès are Founding Chairs. The reception will be followed by two ticketed offerings that include early access and GA providing an opportunity to shop in advance of the public sale that will run November 15-16. Tickets are now available for purchase with detailed pricing information available here.

In addition to the array of new designer merchandise, Fashion for Action will include items from the personal wardrobe of a selection of hand-picked style influencers, Closet Curators. Showcasing a collection of clothing and accessories that reflect their own individual style, this year’s Closet Curators include: Visual Architect and Brand Consultant Kesha McLeod, Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar, Style Monk’s Jerome LaMaar, Patrice Farameh from The Curated Collection, Fashion Stylist and Designer Dennis Kenney/NONDK, PR/Marketing consultant Logan Horne, theCurvycon Co-founder and Blogger Cece Olisa as well as the epic 70’s-era costume wardrobe donated by the acclaimed HBO series The Deuce, now in its final season.

Proceeds from Fashion for Action support Housing Works‘ ongoing advocacy and integrated services including trailblazing work to address the opioid epidemic and prevent overdose deaths.

What: Fashion for Action 2019

When: November 14, 2019

VIP Reception 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street

Tickets: https://f4a2019.splashthat.com/F4A

Early Access Shopping 6:30pm – 7:30pm

GA Shopping 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Public Sale: November 15-16, 2019, 10am- 7pm

Where: SHOPPING | Housing Works’ Chelsea Thrift Shop, 143 West 17th Street

Now It Can Be Told: “Black Fashion Designers” At The Museum at FIT

Without dwelling too deeply on the root cause (for the moment), it’s very rare to find black fashion designers represented in a great many of the recent costume exhibitions at museums great and small across the United States. At this moment, if you want to see a decent and wide-ranging look at black fashion designers, you would have to visit the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., where designs from Tracy Reese,  other black fashion designers and other creative men and women are on permanent display. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, New York City 10001-5992), since 1975, has continuously work to create exhibitions, programs, and publications that are both entertaining and educational. Black Fashion Designer is eye-opening, entertaining and above all else, quite educational. It’s a good start.

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Mimi Plange, dress, Spring 2013, USA, Gift of Mimi Plange, 2016.49.1

Black Fashion Designers, opening December 6, 2016 (Fashion & Textile History Gallery, December 6 – May 16, 2017) at The Museum at FIT, examines the significant, but often unrecognized, impact that designers of African descent have had on fashion. The exhibition features approximately 75 fashions by more than 60 designers. Although there have been exhibitions (few and far between) on individual black designers, this is the first major exhibition in many years that highlights the global history of black fashion designers from the 1950s to the present. All of the objects on display are part of the permanent collection of The Museum at FIT.

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Patrick Kelly, dress, Fall/Winter 1986, France, Museum purchase, 2016.48.1

Black Fashion Designers opens with a fall 1986 evening dress by Patrick Kelly, embellished with vintage buttons. Buttons were a recurring motif for Kelly, whose grandmother would mend the family’s clothing. Alongside it is a fall 2012 ensemble by Nigerian-born, British designer Duro Olowu, whose knowledge of international textiles and affinity for mixing prints is evident in an intricate lace cape.

The introductory section of the exhibition also includes a beautiful wedding gown by society dressmaker Ann Lowe, who is best known for designing Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding dress. Lawrence Steele, a Milan-based African-American designer, is represented by a stunning black evening dress accented with Swarovski crystals. Lagos-based designer Amaka Osakwe was inspired by the rich history of Nigerian story-telling when creating her contemporary, cut-fringe dress. Another highlight is Laura Smalls’s red-and-white floral print dress—famously worn by First Lady Michelle Obama when she sang with rapper Missy Elliot on James Corden’s carpool karaoke.

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Ann Lowe, wedding dress, 1968, USA, Gift of Judith A. Tabler, 2009.70.2

Black Fashion Designers is organized into eight themes, beginning with “Breaking Into the Industry,” which examines black designers working in New York. During the 1950s and early 1960s, Arthur McGee and Wesley Tann challenged discrimination in the industry. Other designers followed in their footsteps, playing a major role in building New York as a fashion capital. During the 1970s and 1980s, for example, Willi Smith built a large, international fashion house from his quirky twists on classic sportswear, seen in a multicolored, striped ensemble. Today, Tracy Reese is an indispensable mainstay. Her multicolored striped gown shows her feminine and elegant style.

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Lawrence Steele, dress, Spring 2002, Italy, Gift of Lawrence Steele, 2016.62.1

The next theme, “The Rise of the Black Designer,” focuses on the period from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, when disco music and dance clubs inspired fashion. Stephen Burrows’s gold evening pajamas and Scott Barrie’s black-and-red silk jersey wrap dress, defined the era’s glamorous, body-conscious style. The fashion and mainstream press of the 1970s celebrated black designers such as Burrows and Barrie, in contrast to today, when only one percent of the designers shown on VogueRunway.com are black. Continue reading

Fashion Exhibition: Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective to Open at San Francisco’s Fine Arts Museum

All Images courtesy of The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco) will present the world premiere retrospective of the late Oscar de la Renta’s work (March 12, 2016 – May 30, 2016, Herbst Exhibition Galleries) – the first major survey celebrating the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. The exhibition is organized in close collaboration with the House of Oscar de la Renta and the designer’s family, and is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta.MS_24

I am honored and excited to be the curator of the definitive Oscar de la Renta retrospective exhibition at the de Young museum,” said André Leon Talley. “This privilege is exceedingly important for me after years of close friendship with Oscar, as well as a strong working relationship during my life at Vogue. My goal is to highlight the extraordinary depth of Oscar’s creative aesthetic from his earliest designs for Jane Derby throughout the five decades of his remarkable career.

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Oscar de la Renta with Andre Leon Talley

Included are more than 130 ensembles produced over five decades. These garments are organized into several thematic sections: Early Work; Spanish, Eastern, Russian And Garden Influences; Daywear and Eveningwear; and Ball Gowns and Red Carpet Ensembles. The presentation traces the rise of de la Renta’s career in Spain, where he gained his first commissions; his formative years spent in the world’s most iconic fashion houses; and his eventual role as a designer for many of the most influential and celebrated personalities of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Ensembles in the exhibition will be drawn from the designer’s personal collection, the archives of the House of Balmain, public and private collections from around the world and the Fine Arts Museums’ costume collection. Viewers will see gowns worn by dignitaries and celebrities that include former First Lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Taylor Swift, Karlie Kloss, Nicki Minaj, Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Rihanna and Amy Adams.

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Sarah Jessica Parker

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Superstar Opera Singer Renee Fleming

Oscar de la Renta (1932-2014) left his native Dominican Republic at the age of eighteen to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando in Madrid. While living in Spain, he became interested in the world of design and began sketching for leading Spanish fashion houses, which soon led to an apprenticeship with Spain’s most renowned couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga. Later, he left Spain to join Antonio Castillo as a couture assistant at the House of Lanvin in Paris. In 1963, he came to New York to design the couture collection for Elizabeth Arden. In 1965, Oscar de la Renta founded his signature ready-to-wear label and is among the world’s most prestigious fashion brands. (For more information please visit www.oscardelarenta.com.)GettyImages-104192674_master

Both our company and our family are proud that the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are organizing the first full-scale retrospective of Oscar’s work,” said Alex Bolen, CEO of Oscar de la Renta. “The Museums’ outstanding collections, augmented by open access to our archives, all viewed through the curatorial eye of Oscar’s dear friend André Leon Talley, will convey well the unique artistry that Oscar brought to the world of fashion.” Continue reading

Fashion Icon Dame Zandra Rhodes & Vogue’s André Leon Talley Connect in Conversation: Fashion is Art

Exclusive Event at Christopher Guy’s New York showroom on October 1

Iconic textile and fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, DBE RDI, and André Leon Talley, contributing editor and former Editor-at-Large for American Vogue, will discuss the creative process, inspiration, their careers, and the profound influence the legendary Diana Vreeland had on them during a private and intimate event on October 1, 2015 at Christopher Guy’s magnificent New York Showroom. The event will also celebrate Dame Zandra‘s first-ever wall collection.

Dame Zandra will also unveil four bespoke textile prints to be sold exclusively through Christopher Guy:

Christopher Guy, being a visionary, told me I should do wall art with my beautiful textiles,” said Dame Zandra Rhodes. He considers my work as more than textile and fashion, and thought I had a lot more to offer to the world of interiors. These art pieces fit in with the beauty of the Christopher Guy interior image, and the CG showroom brings my art to gorgeous, elegant living room surroundings and reflect my passionate belief that art is to be lived with, not just stay in museums.

15% of the proceeds of Dame Zandra’s wall art sold at the event will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of America.

Event host Christopher Guy Harrison, founder of luxury brand Christopher Guy, said: “It is a great privilege to have two of the world’s most celebrated fashion icons come together at our New York Showroom. Zandra is truly unique and a pioneer in her field, and we are proud to have her wall art sold through our showrooms.”

Zappos Couture Names Andre Leon Talley as Artistic Director

Andre Leon Talley, international editor-at-large of Numero (Russia), and member of the Board of Trustees, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), has been named Artistic Director of Zappos Couture, Zappos’ digital luxury platform. Zappos Couture has enlisted Mr. Talley as part of a larger vision to continue expansion into the luxury market segment and the next phase of growth to develop a premiere destination for the luxury customer.

As Artistic Director, Mr. Talley will curate and cultivate the creative vision for the luxury retailer, working to shape its artistic

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Zappos Couture. (PRNewsFoto/Zappos Couture)

inspiration and modernization across all platforms. This includes digital and editorial content creation as well as consulting on new brands.

Established in 2004, www.Couture.Zappos.com, operated by Zappos IP, Inc., has become a leading destination in online couture apparel, footwear, handbag, accessories, fragrance and home decor sales by striving to provide ultra-stylish and brand conscious shoppers with the best possible service and selection. Couture.Zappos.com showcases thousands of the newest products designed with the highest quality craftsmanship from the best international fashion houses through a unique online boutique experience.

At Zappos, we’ve always wanted to build our brand to be about more than just shoes and clothing. We want to build our brand to be about the very best customer service and customer experience. With Zappos Couture, customer service is the new luxury,” said Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh.

Andre is an icon in the world of fashion, and will bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and prescience from the luxury sector to this transformative stage,” said Jennifer Sidary, Head of Couture at Zappos Couture “The establishment of an Artistic Director further underscores our commitment to supporting our partners and bringing our customer base the best in class luxury fashion, blended with compelling and original content.”

The digital universe is a new exciting opportunity for me to reach a broad audience in terms of the global luxury market. I am very happy to join Zappos Couture as Artistic Director, and hopefully will create something unique, in terms of a web magazine within the Zappos Couture website, that conveys the immediacy and excitement of luxury retail products, season by season,” said Talley.

DMA United structured the deal on behalf of Mr. Talley and has been retained by Zappos Couture to manage and implement all creative communications and new business development efforts surrounding the program.