Monday, January 6, 2014

Vintage Vanguard: Karen Elson and Liz Goldwyn Auction Clothes From Their Closets for Charity

Posted By on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Liz Goldwyn. Karen Elson and Zac Posen
  • Liz Goldwyn. Karen Elson and Zac Posen

If you've got a small frame, a little superfluous wealth and a killer sense of style, today's your lucky day. Nashville's favorite singer-songwriter/international supermodel Karen Elson is teaming with Liz Goldwyn (the subject of this weekend's New York Times profile) to offer a unique selection of 20 vintage pieces from their personal collection, on sale through Moda Operandi. All proceeds go to Dress for Success, a New York-based charity that helps low-income women find jobs by lending them professional suits to wear on their interviews, with the understanding that the client can return the suit for a brand new one once she's gotten the job.

The Moda Operandi model is unique (read: I was confused) and asks that you pay a deposit for the piece if you'd like to delay the full purchase. Kind of like layaway, but for $1,000 skirts. But these are more than just expensive throwaway clothes — high-end, hard-to-find designers like Thakoon, Rodarte, Suno and Zac Posen are represented. And it's only for a limited time — the auction ends in 13 days.

Click here to browse the collection, and check out my favorite picks after the jump.

Tabitha Simmons Victorian-Style Velvet Jacket
  • Tabitha Simmons Victorian-Style Velvet Jacket

Thakoon Long Sleeve Lace Inset Dress
  • Thakoon Long Sleeve Lace Inset Dress

Rodarte Vintage Aged Silk Dress With Satin Sash
  • Rodarte Vintage Aged Silk Dress With Satin Sash

Libertine Vintage Dress With Beaded And Crystal Embellishments
  • Libertine Vintage Dress With Beaded And Crystal Embellishments

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