When Naomi Camp­bell calls for Haiti char­ity show, fash­ion in­sid­ers an­swer

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NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Camp­bell called on the fash­ion world to do its part for the Haiti re­lief ef­fort — and the fash­ion world an­swered: There will be a char­ity cat­walk show pair­ing top mod­els and de­sign­ers at New York Fash­ion Week.

Camp­bell organized the first Fash­ion for Re­lief event at the Bryant Park tents in the af­ter­math of hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina and has since taken it to Tan­za­nia and Mum­bai, In­dia. The re­turn to Mercedes-Benz Fash­ion Week on Feb. 12 comes at the right time, Camp­bell said.

“Every­one else is try­ing to help Haiti, and we wanted to do our part on the fash­ion side of things,” Camp­bell said in a tele­phone in­ter­view from Paris. “ 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 fall col­lec­tions.”

The event is still com­ing to­gether, but Camp­bell said she had called upon her friends, in­clud­ing Christy Turling­ton and the Duchess of York, ask­ing them to par­tic­i­pate. Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe is putting to­gether the looks, and de­signer Marc Ja­cobs has al­ready cre­ated a spe­cial Louis Vuit­ton hand­bag, one of many items that will go on sale on the Net-a-Porter web­site March 15, with pro­ceeds go­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion CARE.

Camp­bell also noted that, to make this hap­pen, de­signer Char­lotte Ron­son gave up her orig­i­nal time slot at Fash­ion Week, when the new sea­son of styles are pre­viewed for ed­i­tors, re­tail­ers and stylists.

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