Fashion and fund-raising go together like velvet and pearls in October, the month designers and the industry put forward a concerted effort to help worthy causes.
On Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Fashion Footwear Association of New York is going live on QVC with "Shoes on Sale," a bargain shopping spree to benefit and highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The FFANY has as its membership every designer and manufacturer who ever put a name to a pair of shoes. That includes everybody from Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Kenneth Cole and Sam and Libby to Bass, Naturalizer, Timberland and then some. More than 60,000 pairs of current fall styles were donated by manufacturers to be sold at half price during the call-in sale and gala at the Plaza hotel, with a chance to talk to designers and celebs.
As a preview, QVC will sell a different Shoe of the Day every weekday morning from 7 to 9 through October.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the honorary chaircouple and proceeds will benefit the Virginia Clinton Kelley Breast Cancer Research and Education Fund at the Arkansas Cancer Research Center and the Strang-Cornell Breast Center.
Staying in the pink
The pink breast cancer awareness ribbon is trimmed in pink mink and being sold for $10 in fur salons across the country as a project of the Fur Information Council of America. The ribbon comes with a self-examination shower card and a booklet on health facts.
That's a print
Nicole Miller, the maven of prints, has designed a "Home Run Trivia" pattern exclusively for the Salute to Babe Ruth Weekend at the Fifth Regiment Armory Sept. 29, 30 and Oct 1. The fabric features baseball cards, bats, balls and hats and has been made up into ties, scarves, vests, cummerbunds and bowties. A portion of the proceeds from the sales will benefit the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation.