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Roksanda Ilincic Helps Raise Funds for Serbia Flood Victims

The designer flew into Manhattan for an event on Thursday at the Liederkranz Foundation to help raise funds for charity to benefit victims of floods in Serbia.

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FOR A CAUSE: London-based Serbian designer Roksanda Ilincic flew into Manhattan for one night Thursday in the midst of preparing for her upcoming resort presentation — all to help her homeland. Serbia was hit by massive floods last month that killed more than 50 people and left almost 35,000 homeless. Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine of Serbia hosted an event that night at the Liederkranz Foundation to raise funds for the princess’ Lifeline charity to help the victims.

It was all pulled together quickly by Susan Gutfreund and stylist Rushka Bergman, including a show of Ilincic’s fashions with Fairchild Baldwin handbags and a performance by mezzo soprano Jadranka Jovanovic.

The prince and princess sang the praises of Gutfreund for organizing it all, while she in turn lauded Bergman. “Rushka is my new best friend in life,” Gutfreund said. “She exhibits everything Serbia is famous for — wonderful people and a wonderful spirit.”