Model Karen Elson and pal Liz Goldwyn pair up with a host of NYC-based designers and ModaOperandi.com to sell reimagined vintage threads for a charitable cause.
L to R: Karen Elson & Liz Goldwyn in the photo studio for Vogue.
Only six days remain for those interested in a slice of divine vintage direct from Karen Elson and pal Liz Goldwyn’s combined closet, with an added flourish from some of New York’s top designers: Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs, Thakoon, Narcisco Rodriguez and more. The collecting duo paired up with luxury e-commerce site Moda Operandi to offload some of their archive excess and give it a new home – while raising funds for a good cause in the process. Dubbed Vintage Vanguard, the initiative saw several NYC-based designers leave their mark on 18 vintage dresses culled from Elson & Goldwyn’s wardrobes, resulting in a wholly unique offering now available on Moda Operandi’s website. With prices ranging from $2,000 for a vaguely ’50s-’60s-esque short + bra set “curated” by Jeremy Scott to $10,000 for a timeless Zac Posen ball gown, it’s not for the faint of heart [or wallet], but there’s more: the proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Dress for Success, which provides apparel, career development assistance and more to women looking to re-enter the workforce. Clothing speaks volumes, and no one knows that better than veteran model Elson. Our favorites? The Libertine-embellished ’60s sheath dress and the ever-dramatic Rudi Gernreich caftan + shawl set, updated by Narcisco Rodriguez.
Through Saturday, January 18, 2014 on modaoperandi.com.
Thakoon long-sleeved lace inset dress, $5,000.
Karen Elson in an embroidered, cinch-waist dress by Suno, $2,000.
Zac Posen with Karen Elson in his “American Glamour” gown for Vintage Vanguard, $10,000.
All photos throughout ©Vogue.