An occasional look at the big names who grace our nation’s capital in support of a cause. Wednesday’s crusader: Donna Karan.
Venue: The opening of the “Discover Haiti” exhibit the at Inter-American Development Bank headquarters.
Cause: Helping Haitian artisans get a foothold in the global marketplace.
Bona fides: Award-winning fashion designer; traveled to Haiti every month since the 2010 earthquake to help local artists design, produce and market wares.
Wingmen: Bill Clinton, Sean Penn, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, bank president Luis Moreno.
How she looked: Upscale rustic chic in a black dress with a Haitian bone necklace, bracelets and a papier-mache tote, which she now wears everywhere.
Sound bite: “Every single person is an artist,” Karan told us. “It’s taking their artistry and developing it to a whole new new level.”
Whom we passed up for her: Mandy Moore promoting international development (read earlier: Celebvocate: Barbara Bush and Mandy Moore for foreign aid, 10/3/11); Ben Affleck battling child mortality in Africa (read earlier: Celebvocate: Ben Affleck on war-torn Congo, 12/1/10).
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