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Natalia Vodianova to be Honored by DVF


On April 5, Diane von Furstenberg and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation will host the fourth annual DVF Awards—a ceremony that honors philanthropic and all-around stand-up females who work to better the lives of other women. Today, can announce that model Natalia Vodianova will receive the Inspiration Award—an accolade given to women who have shown strength in the face of adversity and used their experiences to help others. Vodianova is being recognized for her work with the Naked Heart Foundation—a charity, of which she is the founder, that aims to provide a safe and inspiring play environment for Russian children. And the Russian-born supermodel is in the company of some pretty remarkable women—previous winners include Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard.

“Diane is like a mother to me, so I do believe she is a little biased,” Vodianova told “With that said, she is also the one person who knows the most, outside of the Naked Heart Foundation team, how passionate I am about my cause, and how hard I work to realize it.”

Vodianova will be honored during an event at the United Nations. To learn more, or to vote for the DVF People’s Voice Award, visit

Photo: John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images 

Marathon Model


Natalia Vodianova had a good reason to be running (literally) late for her Naked Heart Foundation charity event last night at Knightsbridge’s Mari Vanna restaurant: As a torch bearer for the Paralympic Games, which opened yesterday, her 130-meter leg of the relay ran nearly two hours behind. The partygoers, including Tallulah Harlech and actor Benedict Cumberbatch, however, didn’t seem to mind as they sipped Champagne in the sumptuous Russian-themed space.

Vodianova is an ambassador for the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia (with a half-sister who is afflicted with cerebral palsy, the Paralympics are an especially important event to her), so carrying the torch in London was a bit of warm-up. Good thing she is an ace runner—Vodianova famously ran the Paris half marathon in March 2011 before walking in the Givenchy Fall show later that night. But that’s not her only good cause. Last night’s event was for her own charity, Naked Heart, which builds playgrounds in Russia’s most impoverished areas. “I put a lot of time into Naked Heart,” said the model, who was still in her Paralympic gear, in between sampling bites of the restaurant’s Naked Heart dessert (she convinced the restaurant to donate all proceeds from the sale of the sweet treat to the charity). “It’s like having another child; it needs constant attention. The good thing is that I have a team of people that really work hard—I do a lot of supervising.”

She might be focused on her charity work right now, but don’t think that the Russian supe is anywhere close to being through with fashion: “I am really looking forward to seeing Erdem and Christopher Kane’s new collections,” she told “Unfortunately, I will miss being at London fashion week, but believe me, I will be online checking out their collections.”

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A Dress Fit For A Fairy-Tale Princess—Courtesy Of Donatella Versace


Cheburashka. Bremenskie Muzikanti. If you have a hard time pronouncing the table names at Natalia Vodianova’s White Fairy Tale Love Ball, you won’t be alone. “Natalia is driving the calligrapher crazy,” Giancarlo Giammetti said yesterday at his Left Bank home. The Russian supermodel is, as she put it, “in the last few hundred yards of a marathon,” preparing for the fundraiser for her Naked Heart Foundation being held at Valentino’s Chateau Wideville outside Paris tomorrow night. Vodianova’s kids’ favorite Soviet-era cartoons (Google the Russian names above for vintage clips) partly inspired the gala. “A charity fashion show isn’t a new idea; it’s been done by many people,” she said. “But I thought fairy-tale dresses—the ultimate Cinderella dresses—by the world’s top designers would be something interesting.” Forty-five of fashion’s finest agreed to create gowns for the evening’s auction. Vodianova thinks Donatella Versace’s kokoshnik dress (pictured) will be a hit. “She went for it,” she said. The funds raised will go to Naked Heart’s new efforts to support children with special needs. And what is the fairy-tale spinner herself wearing for the occasion? Valentino red, of course, “like Little Red Riding Hood.”

Photo: Courtesy of Paolo Roversi for the Naked Heart Foundation

Natalia Rallies The Troops, Koma And Katrantzou Top This Season’s NEWGEN Winners, And More…


Balenciaga lately got a museum exhibition in San Francisco, but the late Spanish couturier is about to have a home to call his own—and in his hometown, no less. Queen Sofia of Spain inaugurated the Balenciaga Institute in his native Getaria, which showcases 90 of his designs; it opens to the public on Friday. [Racked]

Natalia Vodianova is spreading the love. This year, the model, who hosts a yearly charity Love Ball for the Naked Heart Foundation, has asked 40 of her designer friends to create dresses for auction at Christie’s. [Modelinia]

Everything’s coming up Koma. London designer David Koma is one of the several designers who, it was announced last night, will be supported by London’s NEWGEN sponsorship for the upcoming season. He shares the distinction with fellow young talents Holly Fulton, Mary Katrantzou, Louise Gray, and Michael Van Der Ham. [Vogue U.K.]

Karl Lagerfeld has yet to make his first venture in comic books, but in the meantime, he’s adding crystal to the list of his innumerable side projects. The designer has teamed up with Orrefors to create a line of crystal stemware and vases, launching this fall. What better glass for your custom Karl-designed can of Diet Coke? [WWD]

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“Where Do The Children Play?” In Natalia Vodianova’s Parks


Natalia Vodianova reckons she spends twice as much time working on her Naked Heart Foundation as she does on her modeling, but she couldn’t do one without the other. “I come from nothing, and in going back and helping others, I can show people in need that this world of beauty and glamour is not so far away from them,” she says. The foundation has so far placed 39 playgrounds in Russian cities, the last in Biisk, in the Altai region, where 3,000 people turned out for the opening. “The further out you go, the more misery you see,” says Natalia, “but the more incredible souls you meet.”

Natalia appreciated the therapeutic value of play from her own deprived childhood. “Except,” she says, “I was playing in basements, running in the street unsupervised…” Her parks offer secure facilities for kids, and contracts with local governments guarantee they’re free to all. And despite having to deal with corruption (two instances of people charging to use the parks) and a local indifference to philanthropy, she feels the tide is slowly but surely turning in its favor. Events like the Love Ball, to be held during London fashion week, certainly help. Yusuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, is among the performers (Lily Allen will be there, too) because he and his song “Where Do the Children Play?” have always inspired her. Hopefully he can also inspire others to contribute the hoped-for million pounds that will build four more parks, too.

Photo: Anthea Simms / Camera Press / Retna Ltd.