Fashion for Life 2006 - High Fashion for Hope and Health

(L to R): Guests peruse the silent auction items; Honoree Paige Adams-Geller with model walks the runway

Los Angeles Fashion For Life was held on Sunday, May 21 from 2pm 5pm at Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills to benefit Friendly House, one of Los Angeles' oldest and most valued community alcohol and drug recovery organizations specifically catering to women.

Paige Premium Denim for Men

The glamorous afternoon of fashion included an award presentation to the denim industry's most famous rear-end, Paige Adams-Gellar, as well as a high-energy fashion show of looks from LA's hottest designers. The runway show featured Paige Premium Denim for women with Robert Rodriguez tops, one-of-a-kind scarf dresses by Candice Held, sophisticated knits by Suss Design, gorgeous print silk chiffon dresses by Single, PPD (Paige Premium Denim for men), sexy swimwear by Shay Todd, elegant silhouettes by Jak&Rae, and exquisite dresses by Kevan Hall Couture. Sama Eyewear and Edwards-Lowell Furrier provided the perfect accents.

Candice Held Designs

The heavy beats played by the DJ accompanied the hot looks and the hot bods that graced the runway. The women swooned as the men strolled down the catwalk in their perfectly placed PPD pants, fierce fur coats, sultry sunglasses, and of course their chiseled chests and abs! Adams-Gellar certainly knows how to pick her men! Don't worry boys, the ladies also sported sultry swimwear by Shay Todd that had the audience begging for summer to begin.

Paige Premium Denim for women with Robert Rodriguez tops

Model/actress/advocate Amber Valletta served as honorary chair and Debbie Matenopoulos (E!'s 'The Daily 10') played the role of event host. Designers Kevan Hall, Joe Pham, Candice Held, Galina Sobolev, Suss Cousins were all in the audience in support of Friendly House and their fellow designer, Adams-Gellar.

Suss Design

Retail visionary Ron Herman, and friend of Adams-Gellar,  presented the Fashion For Life 'Vision Award' to designer Adams-Gellar for her service to women. A survivor of anorexia nervosa and rape, Adams-Gellar overcame tremendous personal tragedy to become the denim industry's most requested fit model and most recently, creator of her own successful denim line that provides the perfect fit for real women. In her humble acceptance speech, Adams-Gellar tearfully and bravely recounted her experiences in order to convey her message that surviving tragedy, beginning anew, and thriving after are not only possibilities, but realities.

Shay Todd Swimwear

Friendly House is a non-profit organization and is one of the nation's first residential homes for women recovering from alcohol and substance abuse. Founded in 1951, Friendly House has given tens of thousands of women the resources to lead productive and meaningful lives by providing personalized care in a supportive environment. As a social model living facility, Friendly House offers full time supervision and has garnered an exceptionally high recovery rate of over 72%.

Kevan Hall Couture

Friendly House's aim is to provide services to any alcoholic/drug-addicted woman who is ready to make a commitment to recovery. No woman in crisis is turned away due to inability to pay residence fees. Its primary goals are to achieve a stabilized recovery from the cycle of addiction, renew family relationships and achieve productive community reintegration. Adams-Gellar embodies the survivorship and renewal of life that Friendly House strives to bring to all those suffering from addiction.


Fashion For Life 2006 was generously sponsored by The Annenberg Foundation, Coast Asset Management, Squid & Squash Foundation, The Spitzer Foundation, The Domino Harvey Foundation, Jeffrey H. Loria and Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills.


For more information on Friendly House, click here.

Photographs by Lawrence Davis, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

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