Housing Works, the largest community-based AIDS service organization in the United States, hosts a monthly “Editor’s Choice” series where fashions elite come together to shop in the name of charity. For August’ installment of the popular Editor’s Choice series, Allure Fashion Director and Housing Works Board Member Michael Carl hosted “Last Days of Summer” at the Tribeca location.
The one-night-only charity shopping event featured carefully curated items by the fabulously handsome Michael Carl and featured one final dose of stylish warm weather clothes before we start bundling up. The soiree was co-hosted by fashion designers Charlotte Ronson and Shoshanna Gruss, who both donated items to be sold at the event. “I’m so excited to host my first Housing Works event as a board member in the company of Charlotte and Shoshanna,” Carl said. “We’re going to celebrate the summer while raising money for Housing Works’ mission to fight AIDS in New York.”
Upon entering the store I immediately spied a pair of Manolo Blahnik Carolyne slingback heels in dark gray. At the low price of $60, I grabbed the classic alligator embossed heels and tucked them away in a safe place so nobody could steal them away. Marie purchased a Shoshanna bikini for $40 and a pair of Charlotte Ronson wedge heels with tassel front for $65. Jen gets the award for most hilarious purchase of the night with a Bollywood dance fitness video. Also, they sold new havaianas flip flops for a mere $5.
The real jewel among the selection was an Arrogant Cat sequin mini dress with cut-out back, high neck and draped sleeves for $60. Famespy intern, Alise, emerged from the dressing room in the crystallized dress and my jaw hit the floor. Our youthful teenager looked like she was about to walk the red carpet and was immediately transformed from innocent Minnesota teen to the quintessential New Yorker. She looked spectacular and was ready to hit the town to show off her new find. It just goes to show that you never know what you’ll find when you dig through the racks of one of NYC’s best thrift shops.
Shoshanna attended the event clutching the Alexander McQueen Knuckle Duster bag and had me drooling. The powerful showpiece is an attention getter and something that is visually pleasing that I would be open to displaying in my house like fine art. The skull and Swarovski crystal-embellished knuckle duster clutch mixes goth-chic with high fashion glamour making it the only accessory you need for a night out.