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Housing Works' Fashion for Action 2009

Last night Derek Lam and Olivia Palermo co-chaired Housing Works' Fashion for Action 2009. A who's who of the fashion world including The Real Housewives of NYC's Alex McCord, Althea Harper from Project Runway, Jack Mackenroth from Project Runway, Robert Verdi, John Bartlett and others, turned up to help kick off the four-day charitable 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. 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

Here are all the details:

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

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