Alexander McQueen Spring 2019 runway dress, now available to bid on

Creatives for Lebanon, a group of 9 creatives – including our own Caroline Issa – came together mid-August desperate to do something in response to the deadly explosion that happened in the Port of Beirut on August 4th. Having partnered with the Beirut Re-Store to create a pop-up e-shop within their platform during October with one-off donations from the likes of Heron Preston, Mary Katrantzou, Christian Louboutin and Mira Mikati, they're now embarking on their next fundraising iniative: a charity auction hosted by Sotheby's

Partnering with another not-for-profit Art for Beirut, the organisations have combined their networks and have curated a selection of one-of-a-kind pieces for anyone to bid on. The iconic auction house will house them on, with bidding going live from December 7th till the 15th. 

Woven Gold My Dior cuff by Dior Joaillerie

And my oh my there are some really rare gems on offer! A selection of goodies you truly can't get anywhere else. Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran's matador-inspired costume, designed specially for  Madonna for her Brit Awards performance in 2015 has generously been donated, while an Alexander McQueen dress from the Spring 2019 runway fashion show is a rare piece of fashion history to bid on.  For you Prada-philes, To Beirut With love auction has a rare opportunity to collect their Prada Invites collaboration items - this one being a lot of two, a black nylon apron and lightly padded black nylon vest both designed by Konstantin Grcic for Prada that made an appearance on the Fall/Winter 2018 menswear runway show and is no longer available anywhere! 

Lightly padded black nylon vest by Prada Invites for Prada F/W2018

In the jewellery department, there is a stunning woven gold My Dior cuff, designed by the visionary artistic director of Dior Joaillerie, Victoire de Castellane, and sprinkled with precious gemstones, as well a an 18ct grey-gold lapis lazuli and turquoise pair of earrings by Noor Fares, and artist's Damien Hirst's pill bracelet with a Diamond encrusted skull alongside more pharmaceutical charms. 

18ct grey-gold lapis lazuli and turquoise pair of earrings by Noor Fares

And for those who favour spending their money on experiences rather than goods, you can bid for an exclusive one-to-one with designer Reem Acra, where she will show you behind the scenes of her NYC atelier in an intimate meet and greet. Prefer something for your feet ? Christian Louboutin will design a pair of shoes of your dreams, just for you. 

Console Twist art piece by Herve Van der Straeten

All of the proceeds, with the help of IMPACT Lebanon and LIFE (Lebanese International Finance Executives), will be shared amongst five charities, ensuring that the funds reach the areas that need it the most. The charities chosen include Nusaned, Beit El Baraka and Baytna Baytak, whose focus is on shelter for displaced families and rehabilitating residential homes and local businesses, Al Fanar, a venture philanthropy organisation that provide support for social entrepreneurs and small businesses, and lastly House of Christmas, a charity that helps preserve and protect heritage buildings. With the spirit of giving in full flow, this couldn't come at a better time. Get your fingers at the ready and BID!

The auction will start on December 7th and will run until the 15th. You can bid on the above items and more, here.

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