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2009 April 23

Out of the Ordinary

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Dita Von Teese and Debi Mazar Dita Von Teese and Debi Mazar
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(LOS ANGELES) Recycling style was abuzz on Wednesday night at The Way We Wore vintage boutique, where guests including Rachel Leigh Cook, Josie Maran, Emily Current, Meritt Elliott, Rami Kashou, Magda Berliner, Juan Carlos Obando, Lotta Stensson, Perez Hilton, Britt Bardo, Shiva Rose, Jewels Steger and Booth Moore joined co-hosts Dita von Teese and Debi Mazar to toast a vintage fashion project and online charity auction (www.ebay.com/thewaywewore) dreamt up by the boutique’s proprietor, Doris Raymond.

“We all have stuff in our closets that we’re holding onto, and before you throw it out, I wanted to inspire people to take a second look and re-create it. Re-think what you have and you’d be surprised what you’d come out with,” said Raymond. “I’ve never done a charity event on my own before, so I asked talented designers that I already had relationships with to take irrelevant vintage items and make them fabulous and wearable. I am blown away by their ingenuity and creativity. Next year, I’ll be asking all of the big guys!”

Admiring the before-and-after images of vintage designs on display, designer Kevan Hall said, “I jumped in when Doris first approached me about the project because it sounded like such a great concept. I only had a limited time to dedicate to the project because I was gearing up for fashion week, but I brought in other fabrics and worked around some areas that were a little threadbare and worn down. I had to manipulate some things to get it right, but we handled it!”

Von Teese and Mazar emceed an informal fashion show, showcasing highlights of the re-fashioned one-of-a-kind pieces which will be auctioned off online through May 2nd. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit ‘Future Fashion,' an initiative of Earth Pledge.

“This is one of my favorite places to shop for vintage in Los Angeles so I come here a lot! I just love how clothes were made more beautifully back then, and you didn’t have to be rich to afford beautiful things,” quipped von Teese. “I bought an amazing eight dollar vintage dress at the Rose Bowl about eighteen years ago. It ran in a fashion magazine and it was showing readers how to get my look for less…and their recommendation was like, quadruple the price of my dress!” she laughed. 

Mingling amongst fashion folk, Nick Verreos radiated with excitement for the event. “I love vintage…who doesn’t? I inherited an unbelievable Hardy Amies jacket and some vintage Burberry from my uncle, who was sort of a dandy!” the designer smiled. “I just love the history of fashion, so naturally, I love coming here. To me, it’s like a trip to the Met!”
JENNIFER CHAN

 




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