Nate Berkus, Ana Ortiz, Christian Cota and Doc Hendley
photo courtesy of Christian Cota
On Wednesday night, we stopped by Marc Forgione's restaurant in TriBeCa to say "hi" to Christian Cota, who was holding a benefit for 2009 CNN Hero Doc Hendley's charity Wine to Water. The designer showed us looks from his eHoliday collection, created exclusively for his new e-commerce site. "We made them from extra fabric from the fall collection to bring down the price and make everything affordable," Cota said of the pieces, which retail from $60 for a T-shirt to $950 for a cocktail dress and will be available from Dec. 1 through Dec. 30.
Cota also plans to donate 25 percent of sales to Wine to Water. Three models strutted around in short festive dresses from the collection, and there were computers set up for people to browse and shop -- which they did!
We also had a chance to chat with "Ugly Betty" actress Ana Ortiz, who looked great in a tight black one-shoulder dress, also from eHoliday. Nate Berkus was there supporting his friend and sharing funny anecdotes from his last trip to the Dominican Republic. Overall, it was an evening of good friends for a good cause.