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Naomi plans NY show for Haiti

Naomi Campbell is organising a catwalk show at New York Fashion Week to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

The supermodel organised the first Fashion For Relief event in the Big Apple in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and has since taken it to Tanzania and India.

She said the return to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 12 comes at the right time.

"Everyone else is trying to help Haiti, and we wanted to do our part on the fashion side of things," she said. "The response has been overwhelming. No one has said 'no' - which means a lot because it's such a busy time with designers preparing their fall collections."

The event is still coming together, but Naomi - who has already announced a similar event in London - said she had called upon her friends, including Christy Turlington and the Duchess of York, asking them to participate.

Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe is putting together the looks, and designer Marc Jacobs has already created a special Louis Vuitton handbag, one of many items that will go on sale on the Net-a-Porter website on March 15, with proceeds going to the organisation CARE.

Naomi also noted that, to make this happen, designer Charlotte Ronson gave up her original time slot at Fashion Week, when the new season of styles are previewed for editors, retailers and stylists.

"Fashion For Relief only works if everyone comes together and makes it work," said 39-year-old Naomi, who will be one of the models at the show.

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