It’s that time of year again. In New York, with the end of year holidays and celebrations comes the annual Fashion for Action charity event for Housing Works. This year celebrates the tenth anniversary of Fashion for Action. Having raised almost $5 million to benefit and advocate for New York’s HIV/AIDS and LGBT community, this year’s event promises to be an even bigger blast than ever before.

Every year high end fashion designers donate beautiful dresses and coats from their ready to wear collections, sleek, signature leather bags and elegant and sexy shoes with all the proceeds going to Housing Works. This year’s designer roster includes Dior, Celine, Michael Kors, Marni, Vivienne Westwood, Diane Von Fustenberg, Tory Burch, Thom Browne (who has also been a former co-chair of the prestigious opening event) and more! The fabulous fashion finds are priced at a fraction of their retail costs and the fashion flock flood this fete to nab that must-have designer item.

When we popped by Wednesday for a preview, we were greeted by the most exquisite vintage Dior Swiss dot gown right at the front door. Also in attendance were Alexander McQueen fringe skirts, some seductive Christian Louboutin peep toe slingbacks, a sea of textured leather Michael Kors bags, a tiered shelf of Vivienne Westwood pumps in every color of the rainbow, Marni poplin bubble skirts, go everywhere canvas and leather Ghurka duffels, Gucci stingray pumps, Oscar de la Renta deco style bags, Belstaff platform sandals and more.

The benefit opening night takes place at The Altman Building on W 18th Street in Manhattan the evening of Wednesday November 20th, which is also “Transgender Remembrance Day”, so proceeds will benefit Housing Work’s HIV positive transgender clients. Tickets for the gala include admission as well as additional perks including a private designer meet and greet, depending on your contribution. The money raised will go towards transitional and permanent housing, group therapy and legal services. Fashion for Action’s tenth anniversary is co-chaired by actress Patricia Clarkson, artist/designer Asher Levine and fashion consultant / casting agent/ journalist Natalie Joos.

If you miss the event, the sale moves to the Chelsea Housing Works store on 17th street until Sunday November 24th.

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-Mac Smith