Vanessa Minnillo and Kelly Rutherford "Step Up and Step Out" (in Heels!) for Charity

09/28/2009 at 03:30 PM ET

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There’s nothing like shopping and Champagne, and this weekend celebrity fashionistas indulged in both for a good cause. At a DSW Step Up and Step Out brunch hosted by Vanessa Minnillo, who served as the program’s honorary chair, guests were treated to a Champagne brunch at the W New York before getting the opportunity to shop in a private lounge featuring the best of DSW with shoes by Sergio Rossi, Manolo Blahnik, Valentino, Stella McCartney, and the more wallet-friendly Chinese Laundry, among others — all in support of the Step Up Woman’s Network’s charitable programming for women and girls.  “It’s a perfect combination of philanthropy and designer shoe shopping – two things that I love close to my heart!” said Minnillo.  “I think it just hit so close to home for me because I didn’t have my real mother growing up. My dad was always there, but there’s something about a woman’s touch, so to speak, so I’ve literally drawn from so many women in my life.”  And Gossip Girl’s Kelly Rutherford had her own women of inspiration — including her younger costar.  “I’m inspired by so many people — from Barbara Walters to Blake Lively,” said Rutherford.  “I think [Blake] makes really good choices and that’s inspiring.”  And for her own shoe choice of the day, the actress teetered in stiletto peep-toe pumps from Jessica Simpson’s line. “I’m an ad for a cab because these are the highest shoes I’ve ever worn!” she joked.  “This is why Jessica looks so hot, I’ve figured it out.” -– Shruti Dhalwala

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kelli on

Vanessa’s tan looks orange. Guess she’s ready for Halloween (her head is already the size of a pumpkin!)

Delana on

They both look beautiful!

Edie on

I think Vanessa looks great! Is she still with Nick Lachey? I hope so, they make a good looking couple.

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