Last night, on April 11, the CFDA attended Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts at Urban Zen, the foundation founded by Donna Karan which focuses on rebuilding Haiti. The room celebrated and admired the wall adorned with 150 papier-mâché hearts handmade by Haitian artist, Magali Dresse, and customized by CFDA members. A slew of CFDA members who put their hearts into designing these hearts attended the evening such as Vera Wang, Zac Posen, Maria Cornejo, Mara Hoffman, Olivier Theyskens, and Monica Botkier, as well as Vogue’s Fashion Market and Accessories Director, Virginia Smith, and actor Hugh Jackman. Donna Karan spoke about the importance of combining fashion and philanthropy, which she aptly summarized with two words: dress and address. Through fashion we can address areas that need help and ultimately raise awareness and inspire change—two tenets that are integral to the Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts campaign.
Ms. Karan stated “For me, Haiti embodies all that Urban Zen represents and these beautiful, uniquely designed hearts symbolize the limitless potential of creativity.” The 150 hearts will be available for bidding beginning April 22 on eBay. All proceeds will benefit the Haitian Artisan project, which promotes economic development through job creation and vocational education while highlighting the creativity of Haiti’s artisans.