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LONDON UNDERCOVER: Agent Provocateur will stage a fashion show and gala dinner in London on Oct. 24, as part of as part of the charity project Lingerie London, WWD has learned. The evening has been organized by the Seven Bar Foundation, which aims to empower impoverished women worldwide by offering them loans to launch or grow their businesses. Agent will cohost the event with Atsuko Kudo, the latex designer, at Old Billingsgate in East London. The event follows Lingerie Miami in 2009 and Lingerie New York in 2010.
“We believe in giving underprivileged women a break,” said Renata Mutis Black, the founder of Seven Bar. “In micro-finance, women are accountable for the loan and repayment; they feel empowered and often are, for the first time, part of a credit rating — validating them in business.”