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Housing Works' Fashion For Action With Thom Browne

While Lauren was shopping Lanvin x H&M with Alber at the Pierre, I was shopping Black Fleece with Thom Browne at Housing Works. Thursday night was the VIP gala to celebrate the 7th annual Fashion for Action fundraiser. Housing Works operates several charity thrift stores throughout the city to support the needs of low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. All of the proceeds from Fashion for Action--which includes a silent auction and sample sale--will benefit Housing Works’ lifesaving services. We got to talk to Thom, the event’s chair, about the fundraiser and his upcoming women’s collection that we’re already obsessed with. But first, the party.

While Lauren was shopping

Thom, who I just have to say is disarmingly handsome and charming in person, graciously answered our questions.

On why Housing Works is important to him: “It is an organization that really takes care of and cares about people that sometimes are forgotten. It’s just a really worthwhile cause that sometimes isn’t as glamorous as a lot of the other ones.”

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On whether he actually shops at Housing Works: “I don’t shop as much as I used to. I used to buy vintage clothing all the time and it was one place I used to always go, but it is a place that everyone can go and it’s not just buying for the sake of buying, it’s buying and you’re really supporting something.” On the inspiration for his upcoming women’s collection: “I’m looking at it the same as my mens, like looking at really well-made clothes for girls that are tailoring-inspired but interesting and provocative, not just another collection of clothing for girls.”

On showing in Paris for the first time in September: “It was great, I’m gonna keep doing it and it’s a lot of fun. You really feel like you’re reaching the world in Paris.”