Designers Pitch In For Japan

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By: Samantha Critchell AP
 New York — Bidding has begun on a vacation at the private home of Diane von Furstenberg in the Bahamas, a style consultation from Rachel Zoe and the chance to have a custom-made Barbie in your likeness.

They are among the experience-oriented auction items offered by the Council of Fashion Designers of America for its Fashion & Friends for Japan charity initiative.

All proceeds raised through the online auction on benefit the Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

Other items offered include:

•A full day with Tory Burch — shopping in her store in the morning, lunch with the designer and nighttime tickets with backstage passes to Jay-Z and Kanye West’s concert.

•A full wardrobe of two labels, Elizabeth and James, and The Row, both designed by the Olsen twins, plus a meet-and-greet with designers Mary-Kate and Ashley.

•A fitting and custom suit from Tom Ford.

•A meeting with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and invitation to attend a magazine photo shoot.

•A trip to Paris, Ralph Lauren-style, including a room at the Bristol hotel, dinner at Lauren’s restaurant, shopping spree at the St. Germain store, and tickets to an exhibit featuring the designer’s vintage car collection.

“The crisis in Japan is something that has affected us all and as a community and industry we felt a responsibility to act,” said CFDA executive director Steven Kolb in a statement. “This initiative hits very close to home as many members of the CFDA community have close business ties and partnerships in Japan and we view this as an extension of the work we accomplished in the ‘Fashion for Haiti’ initiative. The response we have received has been overwhelming and we continue to encourage donations and support.”

Bidding online, at, closes April 28.Tom Ford - Interview Magazine [United States] (February 2011)

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Mary-Kate Twins - Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen Twins
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