Avril Lavigne, Nancy Davis sport their true colors to support MS research
L.A. charity lioness Nancy Davis was doing just that on Saturday afternoon, modeling clothing with a message she had just added to her Peace & Love jewelry collection benefiting MS research. Davis' styles -- featuring delicate bling, if there is such a thing -- were also spotted on some of her celeb friends.
Stars including Avril Lavigne, Tia Carrere, Tom Arnold, "Dancing With the Star" pro Karina Smirnoff, style maven Steven Cojocaru and Massey brothers Kyle ("Cory in the House") and Christopher ("Zoey 101") had turned out to help her launch her new designs and kick off May as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month at trendoid palace Kitson's Melrose. Taking a tip from "Orange You Happy to Erase MS," the slogan of her annual Race to Erase MS fundraiser, Davis unveiled orange and white T-shirts and flip flops embellished with her Peace & Love emblem -- heart-shaped peace signs.
Kitson, which has earmarked a portion of May sales at all of its stores and its online boutique for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, was teeming with hipsters sporting the new tees and scouring the aisles for other of-the-moment pieces.
"She's a really lovely sweet girl who really wants to give back and wrap her arms around something that's important to her," said Davis, mom of celeb boyfriend Brandon and daughter of the late billionaire Marvin, who owned 20th Century Fox in the 1980s. "She's 25, and the disease [is diagnosed mainly] in young women between the ages of 20 and 40. She thought she would be a great spokesperson for it."
Davis -- who was diagnosed with MS in 1991, at age 33 -- walked outside to find Carrere was holding a large basket full of her orange items.
"Did you win that?" Davis asked.
"Can you believe it?" said Carrerre, who is in the upcoming Dave Annable-Katharine McPhee film,"You May Not Kiss the Bride." "I was having a conversation with the kids and I heard, 'Going once, going twice,' and I said, 'What's that number? Aaaaah!'"
"I bought raffle tickets too," Davis said, "but I don't know what I did with them."
Buying your own raffle tickets? Now that's dedication.
Said Carrere: "She's not going to stop until there's a cure."
-- Irene Lacher
Photos: (top) Nancy Davis, left, and Avril Lavigne launch Davis' "Orange You Happy to Erase MS" designs to benefit research. Credit: Michael Caulfield / WireImage
(bottom) Tia Carrerre, left, and Tom Arnold help Davis kick off Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month at Kitson Melrose. Credit: Michael Caulfield / WireImage