Homes for the Holiday: Where Art, Celebrity and Charity Unite

November 6, 2009 • Fashion

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I love fabulous fashion and art. What's more, I love fabulous designers with heart. And last night was a big warm fuzzy soup of all things fabulous when I got a sneak peek at some of the model houses—designed by fashion designers and celebs of all sorts—that are being auctioned off as part of Women in Need's Homes for the Holidays benefit.

Twenty-nine houses designed by everyone from Oscar de la Renta to Sean "Diddy" Combs are being auctioned off to support an amazing organization, Women in Need. All 29 homes will be displayed in the windows of Sak's Fifth Avenue's flagship store next week, and they'll be up for auction on starting this Monday through November 30th.  Of the handful I saw, these two by Isaac Mizrahi and Bobbi Brown were my favorite, but other designers include Victoria
& David Beckham (and their kids—cute!); Halle Berry; Mary J. Blige; Donna Karan; Dylan Lauren; Richard Leach for Park Avenue Autumn; Deborah
Lloyd for Kate Spade; Jennifer Lopez; Moby; Debra
Messing; Justin Timberlake & Trace Ayala; Diane Von
Furstenberg; and Vera Wang (and more!).
You can preview a few of the houses—including those by Diane von Furstenburg (AMAZING) and Deborah
Lloyd for Kate Spade
—at CharityBuzz now.

Women in Need has comprehensive programs that help homeless and struggling women and families get back on their feet. Every night, they provide shelter for more than 2,500 people, including more than 1,800 children. In addition to both transitional and long-term housing, they offer job training, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence services and an eight-week summer day camp for kids living in shelters. And here's the fantastic proof-in-the-pudding part: More than 90% of the women who graduate from WIN and find permanent housing are still in those homes two years later.

Amazing art, legendary fashion designers, women helping women… I get chills! So bookmark the auction page, mark your calendars for Monday, November 9th and get ready to bid big!

—Becky Ellis

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