Bikinis and Bands at Billabong's Design for Humanity Benefit in L.A.

Camille Rousseau
Billabong's fifth annual "Design for Humanity" benefit brought the Big Apple to the citrus groves of Hollywood with a giant bash at Paramount Studios' New York backlot this past Wednesday night. It was an evening of art, fashion and music with a massive pop-up gallery and auction, curated by Daniel Chang and AR4T Gallery in Laguna, featuring works by over 50 participating artists, including The Clayton Brothers, Jeff Soto, Dave Kinsey and Tara McPherson. (The remaining works are available online here). Billabong design director Mandy Robinson tapped into some major rock groupie love, sending models down the runway wearing sheer maxi dresses, cutout one-piece bathing suits, snakeskin accents and fringed high-waisted shorts. Those in attendance included Ty Pennington, Holly Madison, Tiffany Hines, Sean Stewart, Three6Mafia and Brittany Curran, as well as musical guests The Hundreds in the Hands, Hanni El Khatib, LA Riots and many more. Indie messiahs Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes closed out the night under a full moon with a spirited set, the last stop on their US tour. The event raised $100 000 dollars for VH1's "Save The Music" foundation. All in all, a fun time for a fabulous cause.

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