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Doris Duke Vintage Clothing to Be Auctioned for Charity

Friday, June 10, 2011


Who doesn't want a piece, literally, of the Doris Duke legacy in Newport?

Now's your chance. This weekend, clothing from the personal collection of the late Newport doyenne is being auctioned off to benefit Child and Family Ophelia program for girls and young women.

Friday features a cocktail preview sale & runway show at Ochre Court, where you can indeed preview and purchase designer and vintage women's and men's fashion from Ophelia's Wardrobe and some of New England's premier fashion designers.

Saturday will feature a public sale from 10am-2pm, and all clothing will be sold as is.

A peek onto the runway

Here's a preview of five Duke pieces, and who will be modeling them on Friday.

Model: Laura Huntoon
JACKET: Vintage Yves Saint Laurent cropped teal blazer from the Rive Gauche line. Amazingly flattering dark teal color with black edging and gathered shoulders. Open closure with button detailing on the cuffs. This garment dates back to the late 1970’s. Made in France. Fits US size 6
The jacket is completed with a classic pair of vintage 1970’s Givency wool pants. Fully lined black trousers with front pleating details. Zipper Closure. We estimate the size to fit 6-8.
Opening Bid: $350

Model: Susan Noel
Late 1970’s vintage Valentino jacket with tuxedo styling. Fully lined with button detailing on cuffs and front button closure. Fits at the low hip and has a flared style. Synched back for a perfect fit. Would fit approximately size 4-6.
The jacket is paired with vintage 1960’s black “city pants” from Yves Saint Laurent’s ready to wear line, Rive Gauche. Pants have a high waist, narrow waistband, front zipper and hook-and-eye closure. Made in France. Estimated size 4-6.
These suit separates are completed with a 1970’s vintage Yves Saint Laurent iconic ascot neckline. Bow front, animal print silk blouse with front gathering details. Pull on style, with a clean front finish. Fits a size 6-8 modern woman. Timeless style and fun print pair up for an amazing must-have outfit!
Opening Bid:$400

Model: Liz Andrews
Vintage 1960’s black wool crepe evening gown. Custom made for Doris Duke with style inspirations from Yves Saint Laurent dresses from that era. Tuxedo styled edging across the chest and thin “V” strap in the back. Straight and slim fit. Back zipper closure. Fits a size 6.
Opening Bid:$250

Model: Karen Megley
Vintage late 1960’s knit wrap front sleeveless top from Guy Laroche’s ready to wear line. Expertly fitted, cropped style in a bold and flattering color. Fits approximately a size 2-4
Old is mixed with new as we pair this vintage top with a designer pair of white Adriano Goldschmeid jeans. Boot cut style jeans that flatter every body type. Size 2. New with tags, with a retail value of 139$. Courtesy of Newport’s own Laura Jeans.
Opening Bid: $150

Model: Carolyn VanPetten
Vintage 1970’s Bill Blass black and gold striped silk blouse with back button closure. Easy to wear top with gathered shoulders. Can be worn in or out. Fits size 4-6.
Outfitted with a pair 1970’s vintage New Man classic crème colored corduroy pants. 32” length fits a US size 4-6. Made in France.
Opening Bid: $175

Cocktail Preview Sale/Runway Show, Friday, 7-11pm, Style Week Runway Show 8pm, Ochre Court Mansion, 100 Ochre Point Ave, Newport. RSVP Sharon Lavallee, 848-4123. Saturday public sale, 10am-2pm.


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