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Edited by on November 8 2012 at 6:09 PM

Last night, the Housing Works Fashion For Action shopping gala in Chelsea was not deterred by the snowstorm. Fashion insiders shopped donated designer goods at up to 80% off to raise money to help those suffering from AIDS and HIV, and also victims of Hurricane Sandy. I chatted up some notable hosts and shoppers like stylist/vintage blogger Natalie Joos, Talk Stoop’s Cat Greenleaf, designer Derek Fabulous and Patricia Clarkson about their vintage secrets. And you can shop these designer deals all weekend long at the Chelsea Housing Works


Patricia Clarkson on her fanciest thrift find to date: “I love thrift stores. Beacon’s Closet just came into my neighborhood. I like it, it’s nice. Who doesn’t like thrift stores? You know I own some old things that I cherish. I have a long black velvet coat that I’ll wear Friday night to the Opera. It’s gorgeous, I live in it. It’s a black velvet coat from the late 60s with a belt across the back, and it’s stunning. It’s in perfect condition, and I love it.”

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I impart my daily love of light layering, thick-as-thieves platforms and undiscovered fashionable gems. I love to turn a phrase, and in truth I'm a designer at werq.

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