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POSH Fashion Sale Arrives at The Plaza

Lighthouse International’s 39th Annual Fashion Sale Will Feature Top Designer Clothing and Accessories at Discounted Prices

(March 30, 2011) New York – Alexander McQueen? Check. Christian Louboutin? Absolutely! Chanel, Dior, Ferragamo, Gucci, Hermes, YSL? Affirmative to all. Yes, Eloise, POSH® really has arrived at The Plaza. POSH, New York’s leading fashion fundraiser featuring new, vintage and gently worn clothing and accessories, is partnering with the iconic hotel to present its über-glam annual public sale taking place May 12th-15th, 2011. In addition to items donated from personal collections, the sale will also feature items donated directly by top designers including Badgley Mischka, Derek Lam, Peter Som, Rachel Roy and more. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Lighthouse International, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment.

Fittingly, the POSH Fashion Sale will be held at New York’s most stylish address and shopping destination, The Shops at The Plaza. The sartorially savvy will note on their calendars that the POSH Fashion Sale will kick off with early shopping at a Sneak Peek Benefit Preview on Wednesday, May 11th, followed by the opening of the public sale Thursday, May 12th through Sunday, May 15th. Thousands of designer, vintage, and contemporary clothes and accessories for men, women and children will be offered at deep discounts and replenished daily. Must-have items range from a smart, brand new Carolina Herrera Black & White Silk Photo Image Design Blouse, to an elegant Chanel Black Wool Long Jacket, luxurious Gucci Brown Leather Riding Boots, killer gently worn Jimmy Choo Black Suede Gladiator Style Evening Heels, and more. POSH indeed.

The Plaza and Lighthouse International share a timely connection as neighbors and landmarks in the City of New York. Founded in 1905 by Winifred and Edith Holt, the Lighthouse quickly became a pioneer in the field of vision rehabilitation. Shortly thereafter, The Plaza opened in 1907. In honor of POSH at The Plaza, during the sale all retail and food and beverage outlets within The Plaza will be offering a five percent discount and a five percent matching donation to Lighthouse Foundation with a purchase if customers show a POSH receipt. “We are very pleased that POSH will be at The Plaza. We will still offer the great bargains, quality and variety that POSH is known for, and we will be in a much more elegant setting,” stated Mark G. Ackermann, President and CEO of Lighthouse International.

“Both The Plaza and POSH are true New York City icons that represent luxury and style, and this partnership unites the excitement of POSH with the elegance and legacy of The Plaza,” enthused Kristin Franzese, Executive Vice President of Retail at The Plaza. “We are honored to partner with Lighthouse International and POSH to support their meaningful cause of helping people overcome the challenges of vision loss. By hosting the POSH sale for the first time and providing the five for five discount through our retail, food and beverage outlets, The Plaza sees this as the start to a long term relationship where the cause embodies the values of this historic institution.”

Sneak Peek Benefit Preview tickets are $175 which also includes a four day pass to the public sale. Public sale tickets can be purchased for $10 per day or $30 for a four day pass at Funds raised from POSH help support a variety of services to help New Yorkers who are visually impaired live independent and productive lives.

The sale will kick-off with A POSH® Affair Dinner on Monday, May 9th at The Oak Room at The Plaza. Hamish Bowles and Lorry Newhouse are hosting this exclusive dinner to honor Amy Fine Collins, Vanity Fair Special Correspondent, and Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President of Fashion and Store Presentation for Bergdorf Goodman.

Sponsor of POSH is:
Media Partners of POSH include: Charity Happenings, New York Times, CPS Events at the Plaza, Time Out New York, Titan Cares, and WNYW/Fox 5 TV.

WHAT: New York’s leading fashion fundraiser, offering new and gently worn, vintage designer clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men and children. Funds raised at the POSH sale support Lighthouse International, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment.

WHO: Designer, vintage and contemporary items donated by Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Ferragamo, Gucci, Hermes, Lanvin, Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, and more.

WHEN: Sneak Peek Benefit Preview: Wednesday, May 11, 6 – 9 pm

POSH Sale: Thursday, May 12 – Saturday, May 14, 9am – 6pm & Sunday, May 15, 11am – 5pm

WHERE: The Plaza Hotel: 1 West 59th Street (@ Central Park South)

For Sneak Peek Benefit Preview ticket information, please contact: Phyllis M. Farmer, 212-821-9445.

For POSH Dinner ticket information, please contact: Kelly Boyle, 212-821-9428.

For Public Sale ticket information, please contact: Phyllis M. Farmer, 212-821-9445.

About Lighthouse International
Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. It achieves this through clinical and rehabilitation services, education, research and advocacy. For more information about vision loss and its causes, contact Lighthouse International at 1-800-829-0500 or visit

About The Plaza Hotel
Timeless, captivating and unforgettable, The Plaza has been making dreams become memories for over one hundred years. Having undergone a $450 million, three-year, lobby to roof restoration it is now back to its original splendor and glory. The Plaza is an extraordinary hotel and a luxury lifestyle destination that offers guests every indulgence featuring an array of shopping destinations, a Caudalie Vinotherapie® Spa, and a Warren-Tricomi Salon. The Palm Court and The Oak Room and Oak Bar provide quintessential New York experiences, and the opulent Plaza Grand Ballroom continues to host the world’s most memorable events. New additions include the elegant Champagne Bar and stylish Rose Club, as well as The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English. Designated a New York City Landmark in 1969, it is also the only New York City hotel to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. The Plaza is managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. For reservations and additional information, please call 888-240-7775 or visit



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