SOLE DONATIONS: Women in the music and acting industries are coming together for charity, donating shoes from their wardrobes to raise money for London’s most disadvantaged people.
“Absolutely Fabulous” star Joanna Lumley, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Eliza Doolittle are among the participants in the project, which involves an online charity auction running from today until Sept. 14, on the web site of East London-based footwear brand Miista.
Lumley has donated a pair of blue loafers she wore while filming a documentary about Elvis Presley; “Not quite blue suede shoes — by far the most thrilling song I heard at age 10 — but they are my tribute to the king. I wore them going around Graceland with Priscilla Presley, so utterly fab in every way. They come to their new owner with lots of love from me,” Lumley said.
Mirren donated a pair of gold-trimmed boots, while Doolittle is giving away sneakers worn during her “In Your Hands” tour and a pair of Charlotte Olympia leopard print heels.
All proceeds from the auction will go to the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund, with Angell Town, an underprivileged community in London’s Brixton area, being among the main beneficiaries.
“I’m happy to support the Standard’s Dispossessed Fund and I’ve donated a pair of amazing leopard print heels. I hope their new owner enjoys them as much as I have,” Doolittle said.