The VIP section of Housing Works’ Marc Jacobs–chaired Fashion for Action charity event didn’t offer much in terms of VIPs, it was mostly those expectedly stylish, overly coiffed young people waiting for someone to compliment them on their shoe selection. If you were looking for the genuine very important people you’d have to move past the whirlwind of air kisses and carelessly flung scarves—then you’d find New York John Bartlett, Steven Alan and Agathe Planchon blending in around the bar or perusing the silent auction. Up for bidding? A lunch with Tim Gunn, a backstage pass at a Ray Dragon porn shoot, a wide variety of handbags from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Etro, among many other fabulous things, were available at a discount.
And what goes better with an elegant evening of fundraising than the uncontrollable madness of a sample sale? “It’s too much for me,” said singer Ryan Malloy. “I only like to shop Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon when it’s quiet.” But when it benefits the fight against HIV/AIDS who can resist a good sample sale? Not even Top Model’s, Ermina Cunmulaj and Ana Mihajlovic, who hit the racks before coming over to the party. “We were only there for about half an hour, when it comes to a sale, women don’t mess around,” said Mihajlovic, clutching her recent purchase. “It’s a Martin Margiela dress.” Not that they need a sale to keep their closet current: “Catherine Malandrino sent me a $3,000 coupon,” Cunmulaj beamed. “I can’t wait to use it—after I use it, I just want to frame it.”