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A United Front

Bianca Al-Sabah, Marilen Coughenour and Richard Gonzalez

Halston Heritage and the nonprofit FashUnited’s collaboration, Red Hot Holiday, made holiday fashion shopping an opportunity to support more than just looking good.

For the first time, the fashion powerhouse Halston Heritage hosted a charity shopping benefit at its Fashion Island boutique. Ten percent of sales went to benefit FashUnited’s mission of fighting global issues of human trafficking, forced labor, sexual exploitation and slave trade, which it does by hosting educational workshops for victims and allocating funds through the organization’s partnership with the United Nations.

Sponsors included Bacoo Rum, American Tea Room, Nothing Bundt Cake, Beauty Counter and Coast magazine. The boutique was impeccably curated with designs from Halston’s new winter collection.

The more than 100 guests included Halston’s Vice President Richard Gonzalez and Marilen Coughenour, FashUnited’s president and CEO.

“It’s raising awareness and I always use the phrase, it takes a village and community to create change,” Coughenour explained. “That’s what we are about, collective creative change.”  


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