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Fashionista film goods going to online auction

June 25, 2006

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The hundreds of outfits and accessories featured in the film "The Devil Wears Prada" surely will inspire some moviegoers to spruce up their own wardrobes, and 20th Century Fox and several fashion-industry partners couldn't pass up an opportunity to help. There are several tie-ins to the movie, including charity auctions of costumes worn by stars Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.

Hathaway says auctioning off the wardrobe - Streep's idea - prevented catfights from breaking out among the cast and crew. But there was one vintage green coat that she really didn't want to part with, so at one of the promotional events leading up to the film's release, her boyfriend bought it for her as a gift. "I was like, 'OK, you're off the hook for my birthday,"' she says.

"It's the first coat in the montage when I come out the door and I'm wearing a green coat with leopard cuffs. And then the cab goes by, and I'm wearing a hat and these great boots. But it was the green coat. It was a one-of-a-kind vintage coat, so it wasn't like I could just get it for myself or call a designer."

Some items were reserved for an eBay auction that benefits Dress for Success, an organization that helps prepare low-income women for career development.

Among the designer pieces available online are a Valentino white sheer silk chiffon tuxedo blouse, a Bill Blass charcoal pinstripe suit, a Calvin Klein wool coat, a Prada black cocktail dress and a Nancy Gonzales brown woven bag. Gonzales isn't a household name - yet, says eBay fashion director Constance White. "Her bags are immediately recognizable as 'it' bags."

'Prada' online

The eBay auction for items from "The Devil Wears Prada" starts today at www.ebay.com. Also see www.amazon.com/devilwearsprada.

Likely the hottest items in the auction, though, are shoes, including some Christian Louboutins and a pair of Azzedine Alaia maroon and black suede pumps that got the blessing of Streep's fashion editor character, Miranda Priestly.

Why is it women - even someone like Miranda - can never have enough shoes?

"Probably because all the other ones hurt," costume designer Patricia Field says with a laugh. Field's personal favorites are her open-toe patent leather Manolo Blahniks that she wore to the movie's premiere.

EBay's White says the allure of buying items specifically chosen by Field, who also was the costume designer on "Sex and the City," should draw a lot people to the site. "I'd love to have Pat Field dress me every day," she says. "Pat Field is one of the genius minds in fashion right now."

Amazon.com has launched a "boutique" dedicated to the film on its Web site, featuring a handbag created by Field. It's a shoulder bag in brown distressed faux leather with a tassel and metallic embellishment. It costs $79 before taxes and delivery.

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