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Host a One-Person Gala in Hari Nef’s Gucci Gown

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This month, eBay, in partnership with the Strategist, went back to some of our favorite celebrity shoppers — including actress Hari Nef — to ask them about things that they can live without and would be willing to sell at auction for charity. All proceeds will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (eBay is receiving and donating all proceeds and matching every dollar the auction earns). Click here to see all the stuff you can bid on.

The LACMA Art & Film Gala is an annual fundraiser for an incredible institution. But it’s also a night when Gucci — a longtime donor and sponsor of the event — owns the red carpet and provides an opportunity for Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director, to put forth an unbridled vision because everyone is wearing Gucci. I’ve heard it called the Met Gala of the West Coast, but it’s definitely more chill than that event in L.A.’s signature way. In 2017, I was invited by Gucci to attend, and the moment I saw this Gucci dress in a look book, I knew I wanted to wear it to the gala. It was only produced a couple of times for custom orders, and I loved the neckline and how it would show off my clavicle, my most favorite part of my body.

The cartoonish, fabricated bows, puffed sleeves, ruffles, tulle crinoline skirt, crystal and pearl embellishments — it’s so flamboyant and over the top. There is definitely a “kitchen sink” mentality to this dress, and there was no other moment that I could get away with wearing it other than at an art party with a Gucci focus. While I don’t always feel comfortable on the red carpet, wearing this allowed me to evoke a character and push a fantasy for a night. I definitely felt like I was part of a European court, especially when I was schmoozing during cocktail hour. It’s one of those parties where you meet people that you probably wouldn’t meet otherwise, and I met Jane Fonda that night in this dress!

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Host a One-Person Gala in Hari Nef’s Gucci Gown