White Ribbon Alliance hosts Haiti benefit show

Supermodel Naomi Campbell is due to host a celebrity fashion show in aid of mothers and babies in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Fashion For Relief – billed as a “spectacular charity fashion show and auction” – takes place on the eve of London Fashion Week at Somerset House in central London. The model has gathered her friends from fashion and entertainment to support The White Ribbon Alliance, which promotes safe pregnancy and childbirth around the world and whose patron is the Prime Minister’s wife Sarah Brown.

Funds raised at the show will go towards ensuring mothers and babies are at the heart of the Haiti’s new health system, organisers said. The names of those appearing on the catwalk remained under wraps, but the show will feature clothes by designers including Vivienne Westwood, Jaeger and Dolce & Gabbana.

Before the death of Alexander McQueen last week it had been planned to also include some of his designs in the show. Ms Campbell said: “I am honoured to be working with Sarah Brown and The White Ribbon Alliance on this year’s Fashion For Relief.  “I am deeply saddened by the recent tragedy in Haiti. So many have been killed and severely affected by the earthquake – women and children in particular are most vulnerable in disasters. “Fashion is universal, personal and touches everyone. Our aim is to use this year’s London Fashion Week catwalk to reach people and help raise crucial funds to help save the lives of women and children.”

Sarah Brown said: “In the next four weeks approximately 7,000 Haitian women will give birth, and with limited medical assistance following the recent disaster there is a huge risk of death and injury for mums and newborns.”

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