Fashion & Friends for Japan Auction has begun – the online charity auction that was created by the Council of the Fashion Designers of America to help the people of the Japan recover from the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. More than 75 lots have been donated by members of the fashion industry, starting with CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg who is literally opening her door to the highest bidder. A week’s stay at her house in the Bahamas is up, as are several other all-access, insider experiences.
How much would you pay to meet Anna Wintour and be a fly on the wall at a Vogue photo shoot? How much would you shell out for a custom suit and fitting by Tom Ford himself? A style consultation over lunch with Tim Gunn? What about a Barbie custom-made in your likeness, valued by Mattel at over $10,000? Those are just some of the truly amazing donations from New York’s fashion community.
All proceeds from the online auction at luxury charity auction site Charitybuzz.com (through April 28) will benefit the Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, which will funnel 100% of the monies it receives to front-line organizations assisting Japan’s short and long-term recovery.