1 Posing with Naila Chowdury of F4D, Evie Evangelo - Co-Founder and Global Chair of F4D, and Tanzila daughter of Naila Chowdury
2 The Cotillion Ballroom at the Pierre Hotel was quite crowded for the event.
3 In addition to being the Co-Founder and Global Chair of F4D, Evie Evangelou is a spokesperson, entrepreneur, philanthropist, international relations expert, and multimedia journalist.
4 Tabitha Simmons - designer, Peggy Siegel - publicist, and Tory Burch - designer
5 Mrs. Toyin Saraki - Former First Lady of Nigeria and Founder of The Wellbing Foundation Africa, Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek - wife of Ban Ki-moon Secretary General of the United Nations, and Evie Evangelou
6 HRH The Otunba Adekunie Ojora - mother of H.E. Toyin Saraki, Former First Lady of Nigeria
7 HRH The Erelu Ojuolape Ojora - father of H.E. Toyin Saraki, Former First Lady of Nigeria
8 Madame Oktiniwati Ulfadariah Hatta Rajasa, Chairperson and Founder of Cita Tenun Indonesia, was honored with the Women’s Champion Award for her generous work empowering the community as well as preserving Indonesian tradition.
9 Madame Oktiniwati Ulfadariah Hatta Rajasa presented me with 'Tenun', a wonderful book about the rich weaving heritage of Indonesia and with a beautifully woven shawl!
10 F4D was originally founded in 1996 by super model humanitarian, Bibi Russell, with the support of UNESCO, creating a model that helped reshape the culture in her native Bangladesh.
11 Now employing more than 150,000 local residents through fashion, Ms. Russell is replicating this successful model in other countries.
12 In January 2011, Evie Evangelou launched the F4D media platform on South South News, a digital media affiliate of the United Nations.
13 Since 2011, this has expanded into a global platform which supports Every Woman Every Child in direct cooperation with the Office of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, encompassing various vehicles of development such as: First Ladies & F4D and World F4D.
14 F4D is a global awareness campaign that unites diplomacy, business, media, and creative industries to help achieve the UN's Millennium Development goals.
15 Indonesian fabric in high fashion - lovely!
16 A demonstration of Indonesian weaving techniques
17 An actual weaving loom was on display.
18 We were treated to a wonderful flower arranging demo from Julia Kim, a floral designer from Korea. She is Co-Founder of Asia Floral Design Union, in addition to many other impressive titles in the floral trade.
19 Julia Kim operates three boutiques in Korea and is regularly invited to participate in numerous worldwide symposiums.
20 This demonstration clearly displayed her extraordinary talents and her passion for floral art.
21 The tables for lunch were set with a colorful first course.
22 The Indonesian contingent
23 Tommy Hilfiger, Tabitha Simmons, and Tory Burch
24 Franca Sozzani - Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia and Goodwill Ambassador of F4D - was honored for her humanitarian efforts for F4D.
25 Evangelou stated that, "Since last September, F4D has set up sustainable business partnerships with the fashion industry in over 12 countries, with a concentrated focus on Africa. With the integral support of many individuals, organizations and brands here today, we have been able to empower impoverished nations through the power of the fashion industry."
26 United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s wife, Ban Soon-taek, told the crowd, “I have to admit I was a little bit nervous about what to wear today. I wanted to ask my husband, but he’s so busy being Secretary General that he doesn’t pay much attention to my clothes.”
27 Fashion designer and philanthropist, Tommy Hilfiger, has also worked to support African communities - earlier this year, he launched his Promise Collection, the proceeds of which go to developing sustainable communities in Africa.
28 The Promise Collection is a suite of clothing inspired by designs from various African countries and made from textiles and materials procured from Africa. All proceeds from the collection will go to support Millennium Villages in Ruhiira, Uganda.