Writing for Joonbug had granted me press passes to some fancy shmancy events, as well as inspired me to even start this blog in the first place, so thanks Joonbug! From Fashion Week to Champagne Week, (yes, that is a thing here in New York) Joonbug has given me the opportunity to see a side of New York City typically only depicted on Page Six or in Sex and The City. However, if you keep up with our daily coverage, we let you know the inside scoop of events that you can attend, too! Housing Works Fashion for Action Benefit is, by far, the event I would most recommend to any self-proclaimed fashionistas or shopaholics. VIP tickets to the event were $100, but they gave you access to what was the best sample sale I have ever attended. Think Derek Lam dresses for $25, Ted Baker silk blouses for $10, Jimmy Choo’s for $125, and $50 Wild Fox sunnies. Typically, Housing Works is one of my favorite places to find great thrifted items, but all of this stock was NEW and current season!I was there as press, but I spent the first two hours feverishly grabbing everything I could carry and having a shopaholic-induced frenzy. Below you can see me in line for the fitting room, and I think no further description is really necessary.
As one of the premier organizations in NYC to use a sales model to run a non-profit, Housing Works helps educate, employ, and treat NYC citizens in the fight against AIDS and HIV. Their annual benefit, this year hosted by fashion powerhouses Zac Posen and John Varvatos, raises money to support their youth education and prevention efforts. Obviously, this was a great
excuse reason to spend some hard-earned money. Though the event has passed, I would mark your calendar’s for next year, because I was literally flabbergasted by the prices. The benefit party was also pretty spectacular, with models in the House Works finds, and Mr. Posen and Mr. Varvatos there to talk about the cause. The ultimate highlight was seeing posing goddess and America’s Next Top Model judge Miss Jay Alexander, who graciously agreed to make a slow motion video with myself and my blog wife Kathy. Watch it here.
The charitable aspect of the event, combined with the ridiculous deals, and the amazing people involved (the whole Housing Works staff is wonderful) make this possibly one of my favorite nights for fashion here in the city. Not to mention I got a bunch of unbelievably awesome clothes for practically no money. To see the pieces in action you will have to stay tuned…