COUTURE MEETS POLITICS
Tina Brown among those awarded.
Diplomacy is en vogue. Fashion 4 Development unites first ladies, diplomats, influencers, and fashion leaders from around the globe, to coincide with United Nations General Assembly. F4D’s third annual First Ladies Luncheon honors Folorunsho Alakija (founder of the Rose of Sharon Foundation) with F4D’s Angel Award, Tina Brown (Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek and the Daily Beast) with F4D’s Women’s Champion Award, Livia Firth (founder of the Green Carpet Challenge) with the Fashion 4 Development Award, Michel Sidibe (executive director of UNAIDS) with F4D’s League of Gentlemen Award, and Franca Sozzani (Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia) with the Premiere F4D Medal of Honor. First Lady of the United Nations Ban Soon-Taek is a guest speaker at the event, held at the Pierre Hotel in New York. It features designs from countries that do not usually have a chance to spotlight their fashion, including the Philippines’ Alfonso Guinoo, Malaysia’s Zang Toi, and Bangladesh’s Tanzila Rab.