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The BG restaurant has played host to many a designer fete, but Thursday evening the 7th floor eatery at Bergdorf Goodman held a gathering of a more poignant kind when Diane von Furstenberg celebrated International Women’s Day by raising money for Vital Voices, a non-profit that uses training programs to help women around the world become leaders.

A group of chicly outfitted ladies came to hear guest speaker Somaly Mam, a Cambodian native who was sold into prostitution as a child.

Bergdorf’s Jim Gold introduced von Furstenberg as “an icon” to the intimate crowd before she spoke of her commitment to women and female empowerment, joking, “I make money with women!”

Mam’s talk left many in the audience both teary and inspired.“As I’m building my career I really look to her,” said Rachel Roy of von Furstenberg. “The way she balances family and her business…I love Diane.”

For complete coverage, see Monday’s issue of WWD.

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