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Naomi leads fashion fundraiser for Haiti as industry mourns McQueen

Model Naomi Campbell spearheaded a fundraiser fashion show to benefit Haiti featuring outfits from some of the world's top designers and a tribute to Alexander McQueen.

Campbell, who organised the half-hour show held yesterday during New York's fashion week, strutted down the runway alongside designers Diane von Furstenberg and Donna Karan, model Helena Christensen and celebrities including Chris Brown and Kelly Osbourne.

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson kicked off the "Fashion for Relief Haiti" benefit acknowledging her "sadness"at the death of McQueen (40), whose label had contributed outfits for the show before he was found dead on Thursday in his London home.

"To Alexander McQueen, thank you," Ferguson said solemnly, before models and celebrities brightened up the runway showing off donated outfits from designers and labels including Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior and Dolce & Gabbana.

Tickets for the show were available to the public for between $100 and $150 a ticket while the outfits will be auctioned online at www.net-a-porter.com starting March 15 for two weeks. Proceeds will be directed towards helping mothers and children in Haiti.

"The rebuild is a long job," Campbell (39) said. "It's something that has to be ongoing."

The January 12 earthquake, Haiti's worst natural disaster, killed 212,000 people and wrecked 250,000 homes, according to the government.

Fashion for Relief was set up in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina to raise money for charity from the fashion community.

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