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Fashion for Action

Housing Works Reveals More Details About Fashion for Action 2009, co-chaired by Derek Lam.

The highly anticipated fall benefit and sample sale features fashion week auction package and unbeatable designer finds

New York, NY – “Become a Fashionista” for a day! Receive a head-to-toe makeover, a designer outfit provided by Gilt Groupe and tickets to the Oscar de la Renta, BCBG MAXAZRIA, Tracy Reese, and Rebecca Taylor shows during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2010 in New York City. Or do you feel more like “Bye, Bye, Birdie”? We have two tickets to the Broadway show, backstage passes to meet the cast and a private theater tour with John Stamos. For music lovers, how about tickets to the “Essence Music Festival 2010” and a three-night-stay in a hotel in New Orleans? You can bid on all this and much more at the Fashion for Action silent auction on November 19, 2009.

Co-chaired by Derek Lam and sponsored by Essence magazine, Fashion for Action 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 Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.

Over 150 top designers have donated $1 million worth of merchandise that will be sold at 50 to 70 percent off retail prices. Participating designers and brands include Acne, Balenciaga, Band of Outsiders, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, DVF, Fendi, Gucci, Hugo Boss, John Varvatos, Lacoste, Lanvin, Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren, Rogan, Theory, Yves Saint Laurent and many more.

Gilt Groupe, the official on-line sponsor of Fashion for Action 2009, has donated hundreds of fashion items for the sample sale and high-end designer merchandise for two special window installations at the Chelsea Thrift Shop (143 W. 17th St). The first window will be up until November 19, 2009. The second shop window will be installed on November 13 and run through November 26, 2009. All window items will be up for auction at

What Fashion for Action, Opening Night Benefit

When Thursday, November 19, 2009, 7pm – 10pm

6pm – 7pm VIP preview shopping event

Where Event: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street

Silent Auction, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails from The Works Catering

Private Shopping: Chelsea Thrift Shop, 143 West 17th Street

Details Tickets starting at $100.Tickets available at

What Fashion for Action, Public Sample Sale

When Friday, November 20, 2009 – Sunday, November 22, 2009

Where Chelsea Thrift Shop, 143 West 17th Street

Details Free. Complete details at

About Housing Works: Housing Works is the nation’s largest grassroots AIDS service organization. Since 1990, Housing Works has provided life-saving services such as housing, food, medical, HIV prevention and job training to more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS. Our chain of nine Housing Works Thrift Shops, the Housing Works Bookstore Café and other businesses provide funding to support this work.

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