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Shoppers celebrate the season at Project Angel Food Photo courtesy of Berliner Studios


The holidays are right around the corner and what better way to get in the mood than by gathering up great gifts at discount prices? Several hundred fashinoistas flocked to the Barker Hangar on Nov. 30 for the annual Divine Design grab-o-rama to benefit Project Angel Food.

Serious shoppers wandered through the mega mall snapping up fancy frocks, safari shirts, fuzzy PJs, tie-dyed yoga gear, feathered bathing suits, cable-knit cardigans, mink caplets, baby togs, go-go boots, boleros, bustiers, fish-net thongs, track suits, Hello Kitty bikes, posh furniture, sexy Speedos, Hawaiian shirts, warm ups, button downs, gold lame hobos, velvet headbands and even a Monique l’Hullier wedding dress for a first-class walk down the aisle.

The garb was all 50 percent off and there were bargains aplenty. Fab Ralph Lauren car coats normally priced at $850 could be yours for a mere $425. There were dozens of frothy confections from Sue Wong and enough size 6 stilletos to make Sarah Jessica Parker weep.

Huge plush toys for $40 were snapped up in minutes. Malibu resident Rich Fox made a beeline for the very last lammy. “I don’t know who I’m going to give it to,” he said. “But hopefully I’ll find someone.”

One woman, who came with her personal shopper, tried on an oh-so-chic ’60s coat with dazzling rhinestone buttons. “What do you think?” she inquired.

“Fab,” I replied, while feeling a bit sorry I didn’t find it first. Luckily her eagle-eyed stylist informed us there was one more left. Sold!

After a round of martinis and a dinner of salmon teriyaki, grilled veggies and triple-chocolate cake, soap queen Lisa Rinna took the stage. Sporting a deep purple satin number, she introduced radio deejay turned “American Idol” personality turned fashion designer Ryan Seacrest-this year’s man of style. As for fashion faves, Seacrest apparently longs for the daze of disco.

“I loved those sheer shirts where you could see my nipples [and I like] parachute pants,” Seacrest said. Well, ring my bell!

Long-time PAF pal Erik McCormack took over the auction duties. Erik is a friend indeed. “I turned down 10th row center seats for Paul McCartney,” he told the crowd. “But I am here tonight.” The “Will and Grace” star urged everyone to dig deep, at one point saying, “If you get the bids up, I’ll show you my nipple.”

The program was topped off by a fashion show featuring leggy gals and brooding guys sporting hip T-shirts and embellished jeans.

The evening of fun and fashion raised $1 million for Project Angel Food, which delivers thousands of hot meals to those in need. For PAF Chairwoman Merrily Newton, it was a great way to celebrate the season. “These days a lot of people have to choose between rent, food and medicine,” she said. “We give them the gift of food every day.”