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

Penfolds & GQ Magazine Return with the Second Annual Search for North America’s “Best Dressed Somm”

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Penfolds, Australia’s leading winemaker, is delighted to once again partner with GQ Magazine and launch the second annual joint search for the “Best Dressed Somm” of 2015. Until September 30, 2015, wine professionals employed in the U.S. and Canada as sommeliers, also referred to as “somms,” are encouraged to submit their most dapper photos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #BestDressedSomm for a chance to win the coveted title of Penfolds and GQ’s Best Dressed Somm 2015.

In top restaurants across North America, modern day sommeliers challenge traditional wine attitudes and rules and set new trends in wine and style,” said DLynn Proctor, Penfolds U.S. Winemaking Ambassador.A somm’s personal style is about exploring and knowing how to choose, and as a fellow somm I’m excited to be part of Penfolds’ and GQ’s celebration of style as a component of the total wine experience.

New York City's A.J. Ojeda Pons from The Lambs Club claimed the 2014 Best Dressed Somm title

New York City’s A.J. Ojeda Pons from The Lambs Club claimed the 2014 Best Dressed Somm title

Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Chief Winemaker Peter Gago, GQ Executive Stylist Brett Fahlgren & Penfolds Winemaking Ambassador DLynn Proctor

Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Chief Winemaker Peter Gago, GQ Executive Stylist Brett Fahlgren & Penfolds Winemaking Ambassador DLynn Proctor

Last year, New York City’s A.J. Ojeda-Pons was crowned Best Dressed Somm in the first year of the competition. A.J. was selected by a group of esteemed judges for his unique style point of view and an eye for bespoke tailoring. This year’s judging panel includes GQ Executive Stylist Brett Fahlgren, top chef and frequently named “best dressed” style guru Marcus Samuelsson, and designer Rachel Roy.

Somms can participate and submit their photo nominations via:

  1. Instagram: Follow Penfolds on Instagram; then post a photo with both @Penfolds AND @GQ handles, plus the #BestDressedSomm hashtag. Somm Instagram account must be set such that your posts are public and thus viewable to Penfolds.

  2. Twitter: Follow Penfolds on Twitter; then, upload and Tweet a photo with both @Penfolds AND @GQMagazine handles, plus the #BestDressedSomm hashtag. Somm Twitter account must be set such that your Tweets are public and thus viewable to Penfolds.

  3. Penfolds.com: For a chance to become this year’s “People’s Choice” entrant, somms may encourage fans to visit and ‘like photos’ highlighted in the Best Dressed Somm gallery on the website (Penfolds.com/GQBestDressedSomm).

At the close of the submission period, Penfolds and GQ will select and invite the top five finalists to don their finest digs and attend an exclusive judging event and winner announcement at the Penfolds House on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in New York City.

At GQ, we are thrilled to once again join forces with Penfolds to recognize the impact sommeliers have on shaping wine and style trends,” said Fahlgren. “The Best Dressed Somm judges will analyze photo entries for outfit appearance and styling, attention to detail – including proper fit, how well the somm’s clothes and accessories work together, the accessory choices themselves, and the style’s effortless appearance. We are excited to see their individual style shine through their choices.”

The Lamb’s Club’s, A.J. Ojeda-Pons, 2014 Best Dress Sommelier, and DLynn Proctor, Penfolds Brand Ambassador, strike a pose at the 2014 #BestDressedSomm judging event in New York.

The Lamb’s Club’s, A.J. Ojeda-Pons, 2014 Best Dress Sommelier, and DLynn Proctor, Penfolds Brand Ambassador, strike a pose at the 2014 #BestDressedSomm judging event in New York.

The winner of the Second Annual Best Dressed Somm Contest will be announced on-site at the Penfolds House reception and, in addition to national and local notoriety as “The Penfolds and GQ Best Dressed Somm 2015,” will receive a special winner’s package that includes:

  • Coverage in a promotion listing in a future GQ print issue

  • Private styling session with Fahlgren

  • Announcement in a national Penfolds/GQ joint press release

  • Exposure to national and local media and high-profile influencers at the House of Penfolds on October 21, 2015

For more information and official contest rules, visit www.Penfolds.com/GQBestDressedSomm.

Penfolds has been producing an impressive array of wines since 1844 and indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine into the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then a series of standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead. For more information, visit www.penfolds.com

GQ is the leading men’s general-interest magazine, with a monthly readership of 7 million readers. It is available in print, online at GQ.com, and as an app at iTunes.com. The magazine is published by Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications.

SUMMER HAIR JUST GOT BETTER: INTRODUCING JOHN FRIEDA® FRIZZ-EASE® MINI KITS DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY BY RACHEL ROY

When great minds come together, one has to spread the word as far as they can. John Frieda is the last word on achieving great summer hair and Rachel Roy is an on-the-go designer who needs to look great at all times; which resulted in their new partnership: JOHN FRIEDA® FRIZZ-EASE® (LIMITED EDITION) MINI KITS DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY BY RACHEL ROY. John Frieda® Hair Care has enlisted designer Roy to create an exclusive case to house travel sizes of the brand’s essential frizz formulas, offering the perfect jetset-ready kit for smooth, sleek hair at home or on the go.

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When it comes to fighting frizz, there’s no more effective arsenal than the John Frieda® Frizz-Ease® collection. As the ultimate frizz authority, John Frieda® Hair Care has the prescriptive regimen to foster smooth, straight hair or soft, defined curls for frizz-free summer style. The two mini kits will be debuted as a part of the designer’s Rachel Rachel Roy line: one for straight styles, and one for curly looks. Developed to deliver maximum frizz protection during the hot, humid summer months, the travel-friendly kits are a must for weekends at the beach or vacations abroad.

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The Straight Style Frizz-Ease® Mini Kit includes: Frizz-Ease® Smooth Start® Repairing Shampoo, Frizz-Ease® Smooth Start® Repairing Conditioner, Frizz-Ease® Sheer Solution™ Lightweight Frizz Control, Frizz-Ease® 3-Day Straight™ Semi-Permanent Styling Spray, Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon® Flawless Finishing Cream and Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray

The Curly Style Frizz-Ease® Mini Kit includes: Frizz-Ease® Smooth Start® Repairing Shampoo, Frizz-Ease® Smooth Start® Repairing Conditioner, Frizz-Ease® Sheer Solution™ Lightweight Frizz Control, Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse, Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon® Flawless Finishing Cream and Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray

On every woman’s to-do list for summer? Fight frizz and get away,” says John Frieda® International Creative Consultant Harry Josh. “These exclusive kits are a must for anyone who wants to keep her hair sleek and travel in style. Whether you go for a polished, straight style or smooth curl definition, there’s a custom kit for you.”

Roy took inspiration from the John Frieda® brand’s British heritage in creating the kit, incorporating iconic imagery like the underground logo to commemorate the brand’s 25th anniversary.

Solutions are something every woman looks for,” explains Roy. “Partnering with John Frieda to create an on-the-go kit that looks amazing and comes stocked with hair solutions was fun to do.”

The new JOHN FRIEDA® FRIZZ-EASE® (LIMITED EDITION) MINI KITS DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY BY RACHEL ROY ($38 each) are available beginning this month at www.rachelroy.com.

ONE KINGS LANE BRINGS RUNWAY CHIC TO GIFT WRAP WITH EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY CHARITY SALE SERIES FEATURING DESIGNS FROM TODAY’S TOP TRENDSETTERS

ONE KINGS LANE, the leading online marketplace for the home, fuses high-fashion with the spirit of the season to launch the ONE KINGS LANE HOLIDAY CHARITY SERIES, a collection of sales featuring limited-edition gift wrap creations from top style icons in support of a variety of philanthropic causes. The ONE KINGS LANE HOLIDAY CHARITY SERIES includes 21 fashion-forward and eclectic wrapping paper designs created by top trendsetters – RACHEL ZOE, RACHEL ROY, STACEY BENDET, CHARLOTTE MOSS, SIMON DOONAN, LELA ROSE, and KATIE LEE -turning gift-giving into a stylish occasion.

One Kings Lane Holiday Charity Series exclusive gift wrap collection designed by Rachel Zoe. (PRNewsFoto/One Kings Lane)

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