October 16, 2018

Hot! Martha Stewart,Tory Buch and Fashion 4 Development Garner Support for Global Fashion

We were elated to attend the annual Fashion 4 Development First Ladies’ Luncheon at the Pierre Hotel this past week along with celebs like Martha Stewart and Tory Burch. Dignitaries and first ladies from across the globe gathered in support of the global initiative to help fashion empower women and their communities around the world. Since Fashion 4 Development has a history of philanthropy since 1996, courtesy of former supermodel and humanitarian Bibi Russell, there is a rich philanthropic background worthy of such a glamorous event.

Fashion and philanthropic figures from all over the world intermingled with champagne flutes in hand among fashions from designers like Giovanni Lo Presti and others. We were particularly enamored with the Tenun Sambas fabrics, which are artfully hand made with amazing detail and rich, luxurious threading. Guests also enjoyed chocolates in a lovely display by La Maison Du Chocolat.

With the support of the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Bibi Russell has developed a sustainably economic model that has helped further the economic health of her native country, Bangladesh.  The purpose of this campaign is to fundraise for grants that will promote the power of fashion, for organizations and individuals, in order to strengthen communities in poverty around the world. This initiative partners with relevant non-profits in order to support women around the world that bare the potential to foster economic growth within their communities. Advanced Development for Africa, African Literacy Foundation, Bibi Russel Productions, Women for Women and other organizations recognize the value in investing in the skills of women around the globe that contribute to fashion, community development, and philanthropy.

Toyin Saraki, founder and president of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa was enthusiastic about her organization joining the initiative.

“I was doing a lot of maternal health advocacy in support the United Nations Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child effort, so when Fashion For Development office visited Nigeria, the Secretary General’s office asked me please receive them and let them see what women are going through – the good and the bad.”

Fashion has a great and growing contribution to economies around the world, both small and large. This year’s annual Fashion 4 Development First Ladies’ Luncheon at the Pierre Hotel did well to foster awareness around the crucial role women and the industry of fashion have in the development of local economies.


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Melanie Meadows

Associate Editor for The Fabulous Report. Freelance Grantwriter.

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