OUT OF THE CLOSET: Elton John and David Furnish are known more for garish shirts, Baroque costumes and jumpsuits than their understated style, but that didn’t stop fans flocking to Out of the Closet, the duo’s charity pop-up boutique launched in London on Saturday. Crowds lined the block at dawn for the Covent Garden store to scoop up donated personal items including metallic moon boots, powder blue tailored suits and chain mail vests, among adventurous pieces by Versace, Dior, Prada, McQueen, D&G and Jean Paul Gaultier. Prices ranged from £10, for accessories, up to £400,000 for iconic designer pieces. The sale ends Dec. 19. All proceeds will be donated to the Elton John Aids Foundation.
Jimmy Choo and Elton John AIDS Foundation have launched a photo competition to support the launch of Project PEP, a charity collection that donates 25% of sales to the Simelela Rape Centre in South Africa. The money goes towards providing the HIV-preventative treatment PEP (which must be taken within 72 hours of exposure to HIV) and counselling to victims of rape in South Africa, which has the highest count of rape in the world.
The overall winners will be announced after the competition close on 7th December. On offer is a Grand Prize of the ultimate Jimmy Choo VIP experience – the winner will be invited to spend a day of luxury and the Jimmy Choo HQ and choose 7 pairs of shoes and 2 handbags to keep. Plus over 100 exclusive Jimmy Choo prizes will also be awarded.