Molly Sims on L.A.’s ‘Sample Sale on Crack’

The actress and model dishes on women shopping desperately and co-hosting Super Saturday LA with Rachel Zoe
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This Saturday isn’t just an ordinary Saturday. It’s Super Saturday in Los Angeles, where philanthropy and shopping come together inside Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger for an afternoon of luxury shopping on a budget, beauty treatments, family-friendly activities, and good food to raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Model Molly Sims and fashion powerhouse Rachel Zoe will host the fete along with their husbands.

We caught up with Sims before the event and she shared what it’s really like working with Zoe, why she supports the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and more.

How did you first become involved with Super Saturday LA?
I had been working with [its organizers] in New York for Super Saturday NY for the past 10 years, so it [just made sense] that when they started out here, I would naturally be involved.

What is it like to host such a big shopping event in Los Angeles? Are there any pitfalls?
Not at all. It’s such an amazing cause to rally behind and a fun to way to do it. I love hosting this with Rachel and my family.

Speaking of Rachel Zoe, what is it like working with her?
I’ve known Rachel for ten years and she is so supportive in every way. She and Rodger are super giving with their time and she’s fun to do any event with.

Why is the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund an important cause for you?
Chances are [ovarian cancer] will affect someone you know, if it has not already. I worked with Liz Tilberis, the former editor-in-chief of Harpers Bazaar, who passed away from it in 1999.

Early detection is everything and thank God my mother always made me look out for myself in terms of going to the doctor once a year. I always try to spread the word through my girlfriends and family. It is very important to get the word out there.

Are you doing anything to prepare for the event?
Getting people to come and donate. I make myself available to do press and be the face of the day, garnering support from everyone I can possibly reach.

What was the highlight of last year’s inaugural Super Saturday LA?
The vibe is one of the best things about it—great shopping and eating. It’s an event where you can bring your whole family. It’s like a sample sale on crack. I just love the frenzy of women getting together at a sample sale and literally trying on things in front of each other. It sounds crazy, but women desperately want those great dresses. We take over a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport and it’s so fun to see it all come alive in support of a great cause.

Will you get a chance to shop during the event?
Yes! Last year I bought everything from jewelry to dresses. I bought some great Haute Hippie items. My mom bought awesome pants for [my son], Brooks. We came home with everything from soap to jewelry.

What brands are you especially excited to shop this year?
All of them. I love that all of these great, high-end brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Trina Turk, James Perse, and Chrysler come together in the space and take the time to donate their products and time to OCRF. There’s something for everyone—men, kids, and women.

Any plans to celebrate a successful event at the end of the day?
Just being with my family and relaxing. I’m sure we’ll all be tired.

Visit supersaturday.ocrf.org to purchase tickets starting at $150 for adults and $50 for kids.

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