Oprah, DVF, Susan Rice & More to Speak at 4th Annual Women in the World Summit

Women in the World
Stories + Solutions
4th Annual Summit

Women in the World Stories + Solutions
presented by Newsweek and The Daily Beast
Two days of stories and solutions to advance women and girls

On Thursday, April 4th and Friday, April 5th the Newsweek/Daily Beast Company presents an exciting and powerful summit centered on vivid journalistic storytelling and featuring inspiring women and men from diverse cultures and backgrounds. From CEOs and world leaders to artists, activists and firebrand dissidents, they tell the stories of the courageous and intelligent women who are battling the status quo in their countries, picking up the pieces in the aftermath of war and shattering glass ceilings in every sector.

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eBay and CFDA: “You Can’t Fake Fashion”

A few of our favorite designers were at The General on Monday night to celebrate their contributions to the “You Can’t Fake Fashion” campaign.  Now in its third installment, eBay asked 90 members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America to customize canvas totes to benefit the CFDA Foundation to raise awareness about counterfits and support authentic design. The custom bags, by designers including Tracy Reese, Rebecca Taylor, Zac Posen, Rachel Roy, Tory Burch, Diane Von Furstenberg and more, will be auctioned off on eBay until March 25th at 9am.  The 90 designer bags will have a starting bid of $100.

With 90 designers on board this year, each customizing a bag as one-of-a-kind to show their support, eBay and CFDA are dedicated to protecting original design and the integrity of the fashion industry,” said Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA.

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Gotham Mag Names 6 Designers Who Give Big

Today, Gotham magazine highlights 6 designers who give big.  The article by Stephanie Murg, focuses on these designers’ creative fashion of giving by raising awareness and funds for causes near and dear to their hearts.  Causes range from preserving NYC landmarks and providing for the city’s foster children to projects across the globe to fight hunger.

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Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only,” said Coco Chanel. “Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” For these six masters of runway and retail—Zac Posen, Donna Karan, Elie Tahari, Diane von Furstenberg, Rachel Roy, and Michael Kors—fashion also exists in the way that they give. Their commitments to a range of causes, from efforts to preserve New York City landmarks and provide for the city’s foster children to projects in Africa that address the global plight of hunger, are deeply personal. In addition to cash contributions, they’re also pioneering fresh, creative approaches to raise awareness and much-needed funds. “Philanthropy and commerce are a powerful combination,” says Karan. “It’s addressing and dressing at the same time.”

Read more at Gotham

Fresh Off the Carpet: What DVF, Tory Burch, Tom Ford and More Wore

Designers don’t just hide behind the scenes dressing Hollywood royalty!  Check out pics of them getting in on the action from the carpet at the annual Vanity Fair Oscar After-Party.  And it wouldn’t be Haute Giving if I didn’t let you know the charities and causes they support.

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Zac Posen and Naomi Campbell

Posen has focused his philanthropic attention on arts and education organizations, including TeachersCount and the Metropolitan Opera; another passion is New Yorkers for Children

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Vera Wang

Last year, the former competitive figure skater (who knew?!) was honored by Figure Skating in Harlem at its annual Skating with the Stars event. Wang skated at the event that benefited the non-profit which provides girls with skating and educational opportunities to help build their self-worth.

During her Fall 2013 RTW show she auctioned off two tickets to her runway show.  Proceeds from the auction went to The Promise Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping under-served children with learning disabilities get the support they need to learn.

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The Tory Burch Foundation was started in 2009 to empower women entrepreneurs through microfinance and mentorship. TBF invests in the success and sustainability of women-owned businesses and provides women and girls with the information and tools needed to achieve their aspirations as entrepreneurs and leaders.

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Tom Ford

Celebs gathered at the TOM FORD boutique in Beverly Hills, California this past weekend for designer Ford‘s cocktail event in support of Project Angel Food–which is an organization that provides meals for people homebound or disabled by HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses.

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The Diller – von Furstenberg Family Foundation is a private family foundation which provides philanthropic support to various 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.   The primary recipients of the Foundation’s support are orgs that support Community Building, Education, Human Rights, Arts, Health and the Environment.

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John Travolta and Donna Karan

The Urban Zen Foundation works to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, preserving cultures and empowering children in mind body and spirit. The org designs forums, partners with existing organizations and brings together experts to define solutions and implement action.