Naomi Campbell launched Fashion For Relief 2011 at the Cannes Film Festival, with a host of stars and supermodels coming together to raise money for victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Proceeds went to the Japanese Red Cross to help support the relief efforts.

The star of the show was the fabulous Jane Fonda, as well as the legendary entertainer Bruce Forsyth, joined on the runway by his wife Wilnelia, a former Miss World. Other guests included Yasmin Le Bon, Karolina Kurkova, Novak Djokovic, Victoria Silvstedt, Rosario Dawson, Barbara Becker and Robert De Niro's wife Grace Hightower. Carla Bruni Sarkozy made a special video appearance urging people to support the chosen cause, while audience members included Ivana Trump, Roberto Cavalli and Kenneth Cole.

The show was in collaboration with Italian Vogue and the sponsors included Lotus.


The event took place at the historic Forville Market in Cannes and models wore outfits donated by designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Marchesa, who created the gold evening gown worn by Jane Fonda in the show finale.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic auctioned one of his rackets for the cause. Lotus donated a special edition car and other auction items included artworks by Dennis Hopper, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Tracey Emin and David La Chapelle's famous photograph of a naked Naomi.

Nearly 16,000 people were killed by the tsunami and around 230,000 people in Japan were made homeless after the most powerful earthquake ever in Japan and the fourth most powerful earthquake ever in recorded world history.

"The destruction caused by the earthquake is completely heartbreaking, it's so hard to even begin to comprehend the tragic loss the people of Japan are coping with," Campbell said.

"I felt very passionate to try and help in whatever way possible, to do our part and to support Japan at this time. I hope that the money raised from Fashion For Relief in Cannes will support those who need it most."





LONDON / NY 2010