*One of the hottest shows that took place during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week happened on Friday, February 12 at 7pm when American Express joined forces with some of the biggest names in the fashion and entertainment industries to bring Naomi Campbell‘s Fashion For Relief-Haiti NYC, 2010 to the Tent at Bryant Park to benefit CARE’s Haiti Relief Fund, an organization working to rebuild Haiti’s health-care system for women and children.
Close to 1,000 fashionistas anted up from $100 to $150 a ticket to attend the event that was hosted by the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and to see one of the greatest models of all time strut her stuff and Campbell – who rarely does runways nowadays — gave them a show that they won’t soon forget.
The uber model joined celebrities such as Kelly Osbourne, Chris Brown, Estelle and designers Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg and retired models such as Pat Cleveland sashay down the runway for a great cause.
The Queen of the Catwalk made three trips down the runway and the crowd went ballistic each time. The 39-year-old phenom model wore a short, black sequined flapper dress, a turquoise chiffon gown and a thigh-high, shimmering, multi-colored graphic print dress by designer Alexander McQueen.
During the show’s stunning finale Campbell was joined by six of her model friends in a final catwalk down the runway in a salute to her beloved friend and fellow Brit, Alexander McQueen. All seven models dazzled the crowd wearing the late designer’s lavish creations in a moving tribute set to Patti Smith‘s “Because the Night” that brought the show to a sobering end.
However, the show will continue long after the lights go down for Fashion For Relief-Haiti. “I look forward to visiting Haiti to witness how the funds we raise are helping make a difference,” Campbell recently stated. “Mothers and their children are Haiti’s future; we must not let them down.” Boo-Yah! to ya, Ms. Campbell. (Photos courtesy Fashions For Relief-Haiti NYC)
Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.