By and  on May 16, 2006

PARIS — Fendi and Giorgio Armani are stepping up for the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

Sharon Stone has designed a luxury travel set with bohemian airs for Fendi, which the Roman house plans to auction off May 25 in Cannes to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

Stone, who collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a vanity case in 2000 for the same charity, came up with a handwoven cashmere poncho trimmed in sable and an oversized, charm-festooned leather weekend bag from Fendi's Selleria range that boasts hand-stitched details.

Stone traveled to Rome to collaborate on the styles with Silvia Venturini Fendi.

The set will be commercialized in September and will be available in Fendi's flagship stores.

Meanwhile, Armani, who will once again act as a co-chair for the charity event, is designing the decor, table decorations and a $63,000 Armani Privé necklace. It will be another of the lots in the live auction.

The black-diamond necklace features a cylindrical pendant capped by two large black pearls and embedded with black and white diamonds and blue tanzanite stones. They form a floral pattern inspired by the bottle of Armani's latest women's fragrance, Armani Code Donna.

Encapsulated inside the pendant is a vial containing a small quantity of the perfume, an erstwhile method used in perfumery.

The Cinema Against AIDS event, one of the fashion highlights during the Cannes Film Festival, attracts designers and celebrities, with the likes of John Galliano, Elton John and Sofia Coppola among those expected.

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