Two Sales To Shop Your Way To Sandy Relief-------
The destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy was immense, but the relief efforts have been impressive—efforts that have drawn even the likes of Madonna into the do-gooding fold. (At her Madison Square Garden concert this week, the lady performed a lugubrious striptease to a piano-driven version of “Like A Virgin,” while demanding that audience members toss bills onto the stage for the relief efforts. And according to today’s New York Times, she’s been knocking on doors in the Rockaways with Klaus Biesenbach.) The fashion community is pitching in, too, in its usual way: shopping.
The CFDA has rallied its troops to contribute to Fashion for Sandy Relief, a sale offering 50 percent off designs by its rank and file to benefit The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. (The Tory Burch Foundation at Vogue are partners on the event.) It takes place tomorrow at 10am at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Pavilion. Meanwhile, the fashion execs formerly known as Fashion Girls for Japan have broadened their mission statement and rechristened themselves Fashion Girls for Humanity. (One hopes their Berger & Wild-designed logo, left, won’t have to change.) As such, it is throwing a sale at the end of the month at the Bowery Hotel, where proceeds will be donated to Architecture for Humanity and Waves for Water, two groups working to assist communities impacted by Sandy. More than 100 designers are contributing, and the Fashion Girls have, in the past, coaxed donations from the likes of Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne, Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, and Zero + Maria Cornejo. Not a bad incentive to eat light on Thanksgiving.
Fashion for Sandy Relief Designer Sale runs Friday, November 16, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St., NYC. Fashion Girls for Humanity’s sale runs November 27 and 28 at the Bowery Hotel, 355 Bowery, NYC. For tickets, visit fashiongirlsforhumanity.com.