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BIG HEARTS: Italian designers and brands are lending support to Haiti’s earthquake victims. Piazza Sempione has stripped down its presentation on Feb. 26 and donated the rest of its budget to Save the Children. In separate initiatives, both the Valentino designers, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, and the Camera della Moda, in collaboration with seven up-and-coming designers, are creating T-shirts that will be on sale to benefit the Francesca Rava – Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Foundation.
Chiuri and Piccioli are hosting cocktails at Valentino’s Milan and Paris flagships to promote the initiative, donating a portion of fashion week sales from those stores and selling copies of fashion photographer Stefano Guindani’s book on Haiti. The Valentino T-shirts also will be on sale on the brand’s Web site starting March 15.
As for the Camera’s initiative, a total of 3,000 Ts designed by Italy’s Next Generation were produced free of charge by Stefanel and will be available on LuisaViaRoma.com from Wednesday to March 1.