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Last night, the who's who of people-we-only-recognize-from-magazines assembled at Christie's for the inaugural Bid to Save the Earth—an event hosted by eco-fashion-awareness group Runway to Green, Vogue, Anna and Graydon Carter, Salma Hayek, Francois-Henri Pinault, and Susan and David Rockefeller to raise money for Conservation International, Oceana, the National Resources Defense Council, and the Central Park Conservancy. By all accounts, the event was wildly successful—raising more than $1.2 million in under an hour by live auction alone (plenty of amazing items are still available via Charitybuzz, check out the details after the jump).
Seth Meyers emceed and Nicki Minaj performed, and in between, attendees bid hundreds of thousands of dollars on auction lots which included an Oscars getaway to Los Angeles (complete with two tickets to the David Furnish pre-event dinner, two tickets to the Elton john AIDS Foundation Dinner, and two tickets to the Vanity Fair Oscars Party), a luxury four-region Alain Ducasse culinary world jaunt (through New York, Paris, Provence, and Italy), and seven nights in Paris during Couture Week and two front-row tickets to the Chanel Couture Show (a package which included a two-night stay at Chanel's own Chateau Rauzen-Segla and a tour of the Chanel Atelier).
Of the three big celeb packages on the block—a flight and lunch with Harrison Ford on one of his private aircrafts; the Chanel package, which included a meet-and-greet with Karl Lagerfeld himself; and a day hanging out with President William J. Clinton (that's Bill to the rest of us)—the Clinton package raked in the biggest winning bid, $100,000. Karl's deal came in at $65,000 and Harrison Ford at $35,000. So, now we know, Bill > Karl > Harrison.Photo credit: Getty Images
Of course, the fashion show was amazing. After all, it was organized by Vogue. Check out the complete looks, above, and our finale video (below). We particularly enjoyed the Lindsey Wixson-as-bride, closing the show in an Oscar de la Renta one-of-a-kind 100% organic natural ivory cotton-tulle bridal gown which was hand-embroidered with 100% organic natural ivory cotton guipure flowers. The whole spectacle was absolutely stunning.
Best bit: Online luxury retailer Net-a-Porter has teamed up with Runway to Green to offer the pieces shown on last night's runway for sale right now—literally, months before the clothes are available at other retailers. Check out Net-a-Porter's Runway to Green collection which includes looks from labels such as: Prada, Gucci, Balenciaga, Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Diane von Furstenberg, Manolo Blahnik, Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Tory Burch, Derek Lam, Notte by Marchesa, Marni, Michael Kors, Rachel Roy, Rag & Bone, Thakoon, Osklen, Pringle of Scotland, Aurora Lopez-Mejia, Tabitha Simmons, Kara Ross, Sergio Rossi, Timex 80, and Tommy Hilfiger. That's a lot of bold. Oh, and PS at least 10% of each sale will be donated to a Runway to Green non-profit organization.
“This collaboration constitutes one of the most important commitments made on behalf of the fashion industry to learn and address its impact on the environment,” said Runway to Green chairman Lorenzo Roccia in a statement. “It uses the power and reach of the industry to deliver a global message about the relevance and necessity to be educated on our individual role and responsibility in protecting the environment.”
Our video of the show finale:
PS. In case you're interested in helping Runway to Green out, there are still plenty of plum items left to bid on in the Charitybuzz online auction—including a meet and greet with omg Justin Bieber in Tokyo, the ultimate bridal experience with Carolina Herrera in New York, and two tickets to the American Idol finale show in Los Angeles.