The 7th Annual First Ladies Luncheon hosted by Fashion 4 Development took place at the Pierre Hotel in New York, September 19th 2017. After a beautiful Red Carpet with Vip guests attending the luncheon started with an amazing fashion presentation with models wearing garments by AFI (African Fashion International) designers in honor of Franca Sozzani, former Editor-in-Chief of VOGUE Italia and Goodwill Ambassador for F4D from 2011 to 2016. Her son, Francesco Carozzini, announced the premier Franca Sozzani Award, which, from this year on, will be given each year at F4D’s First Ladies Luncheon. The 2017 Franca Sozzani Award was presented to Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Founder of African Fashion International and pioneer of African luxury fashion initiatives who will also take on the role of Goodwill Ambassador for the African region to continue Sozzani’s work.
During the ceremony the attendees enjoyed a runway show of Elie Saab’s Fall/Winter 2017 Ready-to-Wear Collection. Elegant dresses with embroideries, lace created a magical atmosphere.
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Hosted by F4D’s Founder Evie Evangelou, the prestigious luncheon saw together First Ladies, fashion industry mavens, influencers and diplomats from over 100 nations, celebrating the progress made to drive positive social change worldwide in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Supermodel,philanthropist and entrepreneur Naomi Campbell was recognized with the first F4D Angel Award during the ceremony. The fashion icon was honored for her impactful initiatives and fundraising work for Fashion For Relief, the charitable organization founded in 2005 that has raised funds for various environmental and humanitarian causes worldwide. F4D’s Angel Award is given to outstanding individuals who are recognized for their charity work and impact in the areas of philanthropy like Ms. Campbell herself.
“Naomi is a force of nature and a truly remarkable woman who has turned her authority in the
fashion industry into a powerful tool to drive positive social change.
Her mission to make the world a better place and act as a messenger of peace has inspired this award.”
Ms. Campbell was together with honorees Iman, Sybil Yurman, Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe and Simone Cipriani as well as newly appointed F4D’s Goodwill Ambassador Afef Jnifen, F4D’s Paris Goodwill Ambassador Farida Khelfa and F4D’s Special Envoy Beatrice BorromeoCasiraghi.
Elie Saab’s Fall/Winter 2017 Ready-to-Wear Collection
F4D is a private sector global platform founded by Evie Evangelou in January 2011 in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and “Every Woman, Every Child”, the UN initiative spearheaded by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon. F4D promotes positive social change with initiatives in over 20 countries and builds upon the core leadership principles of the 4Es: Educate, Empower, Enhance and Enrich. F4D’s mission is to activate creative partnerships and harness the power of the fashion and beauty industries for sustainable economic growth and independence of communities worldwide, through the expression of fashion. In 2015, F4D committed to support the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals with a significant focus on sustainable lifestyle practices for a healthier world, preservation of culture and women’s & children’s empowerment.
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