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Fashion power house Gucci launched its 4th annual Campaign to Benefit UNICEF on 19th November 2008. Gucci’s creative director Frida Gianni has designed the exclusive “Tattoo Heart” collection in support of UNICEF’s life-saving initiative for children affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

The all-white collection features a stylised heart tattoo with iconic Gucci symbols on a range on accessories. Gucci will donate 25% of the proceeds from the collection in Gucci stores in over 20 countries from November 19th 2008 till January 31st 2009.

Gucci Tattoo Heart Collection

Gucci Tattoo Heart Collection

Gucci has been raising funds for UNICEF since 2004. Past campaigns have helped UNICEF’s programs in Malawi and Mozambique, where  the HIV/AIDS pandemic has orphaned over one million children.

Grammy winning Barbados-born singer Rihanna is the global representative of the campaign and is featured in Gucci’s UNICEF 2009 Holiday ad’s. She is looking uber-chic in the ad’s that launched just this month.

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Doll by Moschino

Doll by Moschino

World’s top fashion designers are creating a series of dolls to help raise funds for UNICEF’s vaccination program for the children of Darfur. The program gives money to centers that are dedicated to vaccinating children under five years old against the six most deadly childhood diseases.

The participating designers include BCBG Max Azria, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Christian Dior, Chistian Lacroix, Dolce and Gabbana, Dries van Noten, Emanuel Ungaro, Emilio Pucci, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Jean-paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Nina Ricci, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney, Versacr and Yves Saint Laurent among others.

These one-of-a-kind Raggedy Anne type dolls will be featured in an exhibition called “sweet face” at the Petit Palais in Paris which will run from November 18th to the 23rd, 2008- organized by UNICEF France. The designer dolls will then be sold at auction, either on the internet, or on November 27th at Drouot Montaigne- Paris’s prestigious auction house. All proceeds from the sale will go to UNICEF. (more…)

Dutch designer duo Viktor & Rolf premiered their S/S 2009 collection on October 2nd via their website. They moved their runway to the virtual world and made it available for everyone to see. Guests can get ‘backstage’ access as well as the opportunity to peek into virtual fittings.The entire collection was modeled by only one model-Shalom Harlow and was filmed using multiple cameras from various angles.

Viktor & Rolf broke the tradition of showcasing high fashion only through live shows.You can focus on details that can’t be seen even from front row seats at a live show. The camera zoomed in on details and accessories such as the seams on a pair of coral shorts, the enamel embellishments on a dress and shoes- fantastic and sky-high. I’m absolutely ecstatic that the collection has been made available to the masses and not the handful of industry insiders, celebrities and the fashion press.

A bold flame motif dominated the jewelry, eye-makeup and color scheme of some of the clothes. The collection featured couture dresses embroidered with 20,000 large swarovski crystals in various colours. The dresses took over 10-weeks to be created and weigh over 10 kg each.

This virtual fashion show has been applauded by audiences and fashion critiques all over the world. Now that the fashion industry has started to explore the many oppotunities of the digital world, live shows might just become obsolete in the near future.