Show her angelic side, fiery supermodel Naomi Campbell leveraged New York Fashion Week to organize a moving Haiti fundraiser and tribute to designer Alexander McQueen.
The British beauty recruited R&B artist Chris Brown, 70s supermodel Helena Christensen and Malin Ackerman and a bevy of other models for her “Fashion for Relief Haiti” show.
Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson kicked off the event in front of a star-studded crowd, with a tribute to McQueen.
“I know this has been a very sad week,” she said. “This is for him tonight. I know Naomi is very grateful you are all here. All I can say is, to Alexander McQueen, thank you, thank you.”
Campbell was a close friend of the designer who was found dead of an apparent suicide Thursday (Feb. 10), following the devastating loss of his mother and a hard end to a recent relationship.
“It’s just so sad. I can’t believe it. He was the best, ” she said.
A capacity crowd of 1,000 filled the fashion tents in Manhattan’s Bryant Park and paid up to $150 dollars a ticket to see the show.
More than 140 designers donated clothes for the charity catwalk, including Versace, Gucci, Christian Dior, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik and Roberto Cavalli.
Seven designs from McQueen’s last-ever collection shown during the Paris prêt-à-porter season last October were also presented.
Models Karen Elson, Angela Lindvall, Heidi Mount, Sasha Pivovarova and Natasha Poly joined singer Brown, Akerman and British singer Estelle on the runway.
“It’s very humbling and being able to come and help, it’s nice to see,” said Brown who is still trying to revive his career after assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammys last year.
The show wasn’t without drama. Leggy British model Agyness Deyn tumbled twice when she got tripped up in her Burberry platform heels. She finally kicked off the shoes off and walked bare-footed.
The outfits from the show will be auctioned off on Net-A-Porter.com to raise money for the CARE charity in Haiti. The sale begins on 15 March.