On Saturday, March 7, a beaded vintage evening jacket belonging to Real Housewives of New York cast-member Alex McCord will be auctioned off at the Tribeca Spring Preview Housing Works sale.
“It’s a kind of bolero jacket with beads all over it,” Ms. McCord told the Daily Transom about the jacket that she bought at an estate sale about a decade ago. “It’s a very old piece that has been cared for over the years and I think I’ve actually only worn it only once. It was to a benefit and maybe just one other time to dinner. It’s a really unique piece. I remember when I got it it thinking that it was just so unique because that’s what I look for when I go out. Who wants to buy a turtleneck?”
Ms. McCord’s jacket is just one of the many celebrity-donated items to be auctioned off as part of a silent auction to raise money for the organization. Among the other discarded loot is a MaxMara silk dress from Susan Sarandon; a Furla handbag from Real Housewife LuAnn de Lesseps; a Christian Dior hand bag from Real Housewife Ramona Singer; a tie (of unspecified brand) from Senator Chuck Schumer; and a Dolce & Gabbana corset from Chloe Sevigny, who will will also be donating a retro silver refrigerator. (Housing Works has set up a Flickr photo album with photos of all the items for sale.)
Real Housewife Kelly Killoren Bensimon has joined her co-stars and donated a cotton gray IISLI dress and Varvatos Converse sneakers. But she has never worn either of these items—doing so, she thinks, is a little insulting.
“The sneakers are brand-new, as is the dress. I would never, I mean I would never donate something to charity that I had already worn. Never. Ever. Never,” she told the Daily Transom. “It’s like a slap in the face! Oh, here’s something old? No. No way. Never. Even when I gave scarves and gloves to Hale House, I went to Old Navy and bought brand-new scarves and gloves. I’m not going give them old stuff. I … I don’t really like that. But that’s me.”
To bid on these celebrity-owned items—and Ms. Bensimon’s never-worn dress and sneakers—visit the silent auction on Saturday at 72 Warren Street, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Starting bids have not yet been established.)