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Naomi Campbell spearheads fashion show fundraiser for Haiti relief

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2009 file

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2009 file photo, Naomi Campbell arrives at the 4th Annual Black Girls Rock! Awards in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file) Photo Credit: AP

Supermodel Naomi Campbell knocked on the doors of the fashion community to do its part to aid relief efforts in Haiti – and they have opened wide.  

To this end, on Friday February 12, an all-star fashion show will take place at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park and include the likes of Christy Turlington, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe who will put together the looks, and designer Marc Jacobs, who has created a special Louis Vuitton handbag for the cause. Though Campbell, 39, rarely walks on the catwalk these days, she will be one of the models in the show.  

This is not Campbell’s first foray into fundraising for a cause.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Campbell held a “Fashion for Relief” event at Bryant Park and has since taken it to Tanzania and Mumbia, India.

In a phone interview with the Associated Press, Campbell said, “Everyone else is trying to help Haiti, and we wanted to do our part on the fashion side of things.  The response has been overwhelming.  No one has said ‘no’ – which means a lot because it’s such a busy time with designers preparing their collections."

According to Campbell, the designer, Charlotte Ronson, gave up her 8 P.M time slot in the tents at Fashion Week to allow for the event.

Many of the designer garments and accessories in the show will be donated and auctioned online at the Net-A-Porter website starting February 15th. Though the show is still in it’s planning stages, tickets will go sale to American Express card members Friday through Ticketmaster for $100 and $150 starting February 5th.  One hundred percent of ticket sales will benefit CARE and go to rebuilding Haiti’s health care system.

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