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blasblog: stripping down for charity


Noot Seear, the Canadian model and a child of international social worker parents, has come up with a novel approach to fundraising. “No more slideshows and sit-down dinners,” she said at Milk Studios last night, where she was hosting a Be Bare fashion show and auction. “Plus, I think this will help get the boys involved.” And why would the boys be so interested? Because the highest bidder got the clothes—literally—off the backs of the models. Not that the ladies were entirely denied an opportunity to have some fun—there were a couple of male models in the show, too, which featured looks from designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander Wang, Elise Øverland, and Marchesa. Such, ahem, naked ambition definitely begat a certain debate: Are you here for the philanthropy, in the form of Rose Charities, a volunteer-based organization that tackles poverty both in the U.S. and in countries like Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam? Or are you here for the ladies? For Brendan Shanahan, the former Rangers wingman, it was the former—or at least that’s what he told us. “I explained to my children as I put them to bed that Daddy was going to raise money for a great organization,” he grinned. The fashion photographer Magnus Unnar was more candid: “I’m here for the booze and the babes.” Regardless of the intentions, the end result—like when Seear stripped out of her first look and down to her Kiki de Montparnasse knickers to the tune of $2,500—was more money for those in need. “And that’s all that matters,” the hostess smiled.

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