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High style, low prices and a good cause at Divine Design

December 2, 2010 |  3:17 pm


A fashionable crowd gathered Wednesday night at the Beverly Hilton for the Divine Design gala to benefit Project Angel Food, a nonprofit that cooks and delivers nutritious meals to people coping with life-threatening illnesses.

The gala attracted a glittery crowd, which was treated to a rare runway show of Brooks Brothers' neo-prep Black Fleece collection, designed by Thom Browne. (Rare because Brooks Brothers doesn't traditionally show the Black Fleece collection on a runway -- anywhere).

After a spirited live auction, the evening's awards were given. Bob Williams and Mitchell Gold were honored as interior design pioneers and noted for their involvement in leading the comfort revolution in home furnishings, and equipping retailers such as Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma Home and others with upholstered furniture.

The 2010 woman of style award went to Kelly Osbourne, who has certainly blossomed since her turn on "Dancing with the Stars." As she walked to the stage to accept the crystal angel-shaped statuette, she showed off her muscular physique.

Brooks Brothers was honored as corporate humanitarian for its ongoing charitable and philanthropic efforts, which, in one of the evening's unexpected turns, was accepted by Jim Jahant, general manager of the Brooks Brothers Beverly Hills store. (The Brooks Brothers management team that had expected to be at the gala -- and at the lectern -- reportedly had been sidelined by traffic several hours outside of the city.)

Osbourne_rage After dinner, everyone headed over to the marketplace, which is open to the public until Monday, with discounts starting at 50% off designer and contemporary apparel, toys, housewares and furniture.

Among the best deals? A Monique Lhuillier blush print cocktail dress ($875); Tadashi Shoji gold sequin sheath ($200); vintage mink stole ($300); Black Fleece seersucker men's tie ($42.50) and women's leather nautical print skirt ($180); Kate Somerville Bright Complexion Correction Kits ($97.50); men's Opening Ceremony for Levi's corduroys ($75); Steven Alan shirts ($84); Stephanie Johnson straw clutches ($75) and L.A. Eyeworks frames ($150).

The Divine Design Marketplace is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Monday at 9900 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. All proceeds from the sale go to Project Angel Food. See for tickets and more information.

--Booth Moore

Photos: At top, Looks from the spring and summer 2011 Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers collection were featured on the runway at Divine Design's opening night gala. At bottom, Kelly Osbourne accepts the 2010 Divine Design woman of style award. Credit: Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times