David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

23 February 2007

Designing for a higher purpose

Designers For Darfur, founded by designer Malcolm Harris (Mal Sirrah, Inc.) and model Lydia Hearst-Shaw, in association with “FT-Fashion Television” and Steve Madden, hosted a charity fashion show to raise funds and awareness on behalf of the Save Darfur Coalition.

For the event, close to 100 of America's leading designers each created a complete ensemble in red, yellow, green or black and featured in a star-studded fashion show. The fashion industry's top models, hair and make-up artists as well as wardrobe stylists contributed their time, talent and assistance to show commitment and solidarity toward ending the atrocity of genocide currently taking place in Darfur.

Participating runway designers included: Mal Sirrah, Donna Karan, L.A.M.B., Heatherette, Baby Phat, Chado Ralph Ru and & Chris, Carlos Miele, John Bartlett, Bonnie Young, Luca Luca, Nicole Miller, Costume National and many, many more.

Steve Madden was the presenting sponsor and providing footwear for all the designers. The Fashion Show was streamed live on eBay followed by a live auction of the specially-created runway designs with 100% of all profits going directly to the Save Darfur Coalition.

Alison Minton and Alexander Wraith