By  on September 26, 2013

NEW YORK — The need to end the plight of impoverished female factory workers overseas was emphasized repeatedly Thursday during Fashion 4 Development’s annual First Ladies Luncheon.

Hosted by F4D’s founder Evie Evangelou and emceed by CBS’ Margaret Brennan, the crowd at The Pierre heard from such honorees as Livia Firth, Franca Sozzani, Tina Brown, Michel Sidibé and The Rose of Sharon Foundation founder Folorunsho Alakija. Upping the fashion quota in the ballroom were Donna Karan (who buzzed by before guests were seated), Katie Lee, Reem Acra, Zang Toi and Elettra Wiedemann. There were also such notables as First Lady of the United Nations Madame Ban Soon-Taek, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Al Taweel and Her Royal Highness Princess Bassma al Saud.

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