WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Fashion legend James Galanos, Amber Valletta and Jamie Lee Curtis — along with some young designers — helped raise about $300,000 for charities last Saturday during the third annual Fashion Forward event at the Pacific Design Center here.

A retrospective of 15 Galanos gowns and eveningwear looks selected by the designer were on display, giving guests a visual timeline of his 50-year career. Galanos, whose main focus has been photography since he retired from designing in 1998 at age 73, donated a landscape photograph to the night’s silent auction.

As for designers in general Galanos said, “There is some nice talent … but I think some of them are not quite ready in many ways. Like in every era, the good ones will last. The other ones will fall away — simple as that.”

The event benefited the CLARE Organization and Friendly House, both of which help people rebuild their lives after the effects of substance abuse.

“I’m a big supporter of men and women getting sober and changing their lives,” said Valletta, chairwoman of the event, who wore an orange and gold vintage dress.

Curtis, the evening’s emcee, warmed up the crowd of about 450 people before the fashion show. She contended that she had “never been on a runway,” and then proceeded to take a turn down the catwalk, posing for photographers like a seasoned pro.

A parade of Badgley Mischka gowns closed the show, which focused on Los Angeles-based designers such as Pamela Barish, Cosa Nostra, Society for Rational Dress and Shay Todd, all showing a few looks from their fall 2005 collections. “Both organizations are dear to my heart,” said Cosa Nostra designer Jeff Sebelia. “They’ve saved a lot of my friends lives.”

This story first appeared in the May 25, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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