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Monday, September 30, 2013

FOLORUNSHO ALAKIJA, TOYIN SARAKI AND DONNA KAREN AT THE FASHION FOR DEVELOPMENT’S FIRST LADIES ANNUAL LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW

First ladies from around the world, diplomats, and fashion insiders gathered on 26th of September 2013 in New York for Fashion for development’s First Ladies Annual Luncheon and fashion show. The aim of the luncheon was to see how fashion as a tool can be used to change the world.
The event is a celebration of diversity and global economics through fashion. F4D’s purpose is to harness the power of the fashion and beauty industries and implement creative strategies for sustainable economic growth, wellness and independence of communities worldwide and the preservation of culture through the expression of fashion, according to its mission statement.





Held at the Pierre Hotel on the Upper East Side in New York, the luncheon had in attendance Nigerian billionaire and founder of the Rose of Sharon Folorunsho Alakija, former first lady of Kwara state and founder of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa Toyin Saraki, Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani; Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, wife of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon;; Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel of Saudi Arabia; fashion designer Donna Karan and other global first ladies.





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