New York City Opera Holds Annual Spring Benefit

The New York City Opera recently held its annual spring fashion benefit, DIVAS: Shop for Opera, in the ultra trendy Soho section of Manhattan.

Dame Lori and her daughter.

Headlining the DIVAS: Shop For Opera fundraiser were Dame Lori Sutherland, the soul stylist blogger and sensuous guru, along with New York fashion icons and Co-Chairs Hamish Bowles, Lorry Newhouse, Elsa Klensch, Michael Bruno, Patricia Field and Isabel and Ruben Toledo.

Shopping for Opera Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen of Bravo's hit reality series, The Real Housewives of New York.

The event, a fashionista’s ultimate sample sale, featured every high end fashion designer imaginable in one location with every season from resort wear and fall and spring lines to fashionable furs and even accessories!

Red carpet arrivals.

Celebrities of the stage, screen and media were on hand to support the New York City Opera and to meet, greet, mingle and shop!  The New York City Opera’s young patrons were also in attendance. The event, a tribute to Opera included canvass drawings of Bizet’s famous CarmenVerdi’s La Travita, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet all created by the fashion world’s most celebrated for this special night.

Betsey Johnson's Juliet of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

As it was an evening of DIVA’s there was no place more appropriate for the fashion industry’s most celebrated to see and seen than the New York City Opera’s: DIVAS Shop for Opera.  Icons from the fashion industry were asked to choose their favorite Operatic moment and with the inspiration of dressing  world renowned Opera diva’s sketch their dream depiction. The result? Magical, flowing, alluring gowns fit for a DIVA!

Moschino's Carmen (l) and Designer Roland Nivelais depiction. (R)

The designer’s renditions were featured as the event’s silent auction items and were displayed throughout the loft. Guests were treated to plentiful hors d'oeuvres of Tuna Tartare, grilled shrimp with pesto and triangle finger sandwiches along with a full bar serving top shelf, wines and softer choices.

Scenes from Verdi's La Travita.

Designer vintage, very vogue and, the newest fashion statement is quick becoming the rule instead of the exception and must have for the luxury minded shopper on a recession conscience budget. The racks, throughout the full floor loft, were filled with to-die-for items from Donna Karen and Emmanuel Ungaro to Betsey Johnson and Rebecca Taylor, Maz Azria, Diane Von Furstenberg, Chado Ralph Ricci, Manolo Blahnik! Oh my! Even Carrie Bradshaw would blush! Rack after rack after rack of luxury couture all at sample sale prices! It was a fashion lovers heaven!

Scenes from Bizet's Carmen.

As Green becomes the newest lifestyle adaptation, trendy fashion females are becoming the tour de force behind creating a sustainable planet and stated Dame Lori, “Buying high quality thrift, investment pieces, such as one can find at a City Opera, is not only a boost to individual style, it is also eco-friendly using less energy in new production and keeping gorgeousness on your body and out of the landfill!”

The City Opera Thrift Shop has antiques also!

Buying thrift can do the world a whole lot of good and what better way to show the world you care then to recycle your vintage wear. The experience of finding that single investable piece and finding it at sample sale prices is possible throughout the year. The benefit may be over but the store, City Opera Thrift Shop, is open and a staple for savvy shoppers.

While not for everyone Furs can be fabulous especially when deeply discounted!

For more information:
www.damelori.com/pleasure.html
www.nycopera.com/aboutus/thriftshop.aspx

An designer's rendition of Madam Butterfly.

Special thanks to Jade Dressler Communications.

Scenes from Verdi’s La Travita.


All photos by Janet Walker courtesy of Pulse Point Productions, Inc.

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