Donatella Versace Goes Charitable for Children

09/21/2009 at 05:00 PM ET

Harper’s Bazaar, inset: Karwai Tang/Landov

The fashion world is about to be dazzled by a new Versace It-bag — but this time it’s all in the name of a good cause. In the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Donatella Versace shares her newest charity venture: a bag created by children, to benefit children. “When you are successful in your life,” she explains of the impetus behind the new project, “you want to give back.” And when you’re Donatella, you do it with style. This past summer, the designer teamed up with the Art Unites program at the Whitney Museum of American Art in N.Y.C., where she met with dozens of youngsters who created pictures with a friendship theme on squares of canvas. Each of the resulting works of art (along with other submissions around the world) will be made into one-of-a-kind Versace totes and sold for $250 each, with proceeds benefitting Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Jet Li One Foundation. And of the over-1000 canvases that were submitted, two budding artists will have their works featured on the Versace runway this month! Click through for a sneak preview of the October cover, starring Janet Jackson, and enter to win $5,000 in Harper’s Bazaar‘s Fabulous at Every Age contest by clicking here.


Courtesy Harper’s Bazaar

FILED UNDER: Bags , Charity
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