Pop in to Support Dress for Success

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Essence editor Mikki Taylor (left) and Dress for Success CEO Joi Gordon at the 2011 Women Helping Women breakfast.

Next month, shop like a fashionista with a heart at a designer pop-up store aiding Dress for Success, a global not-for-profit that provides disadvantaged women with professional attire.

In December, the second annual Shop for Success store at 1038 Westwood Blvd. in Los Angeles (VIP reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 5; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7) will offer new designer and vintage merchandise at drastically reduced prices. Past designers who've participated include J Brand, Tory Burch and Robert Rodriguez, and 100 percent of proceeds will go to DFS.

"The focus isn't just external, it's internal. The organization provides clothing, job training and career advice," says DFS board member and Style Media president Salaam Coleman Smith. "Two words I would use to describe the program are 'style' and 'substance.' "

The same week, DFS will hold its annual Women Helping Women breakfast on Dec. 5 at New York's Roosevelt Hotel. Stacy London, author and co-host of TLC's What Not to Wear and an avid DFS supporter, will be guest of honor. "DFS gives women actual, usable tools in the form of apparel to boost their confidence and self-respect," she says. "It allows women to see themselves differently and believe in a new future for themselves and their families."

Founded in 1997, Dress for Success has served more than 650,000 women around the world. Makeup guru Bobbi Brown, a DFS board member since 2005, says she has been impressed with the charity since her first meeting in 2001. "I was so moved by the cause that I took off the scarf I was wearing to donate it," said Brown. "My goal from the beginning of my career has been to empower women, so this cause aligns perfectly with that."

Also in support of DFS, on Nov. 1. THR is teaming with Michael Kors to host a luncheon for top industry execs at Spago in Beverly Hills to benefit the organization.