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Designers Auction Off Glamorous Packages to Raise Money for Japan

There have been several fundraisers to raise money for Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, but perhaps none grander than Fashion & Friends for Japan. The online auction hosted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) runs through May 5 and features some extravagant items like personalized fashions and unique experiences. All proceeds from the auction on go to the Japan Society's Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

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With almost 160 lots up for grabs, there really is something for every fashion lover. Take the chance to spend a week with three friends at Diane von Furstenberg's Harbour Island Beach house located in the Bahamas. Throw in a $1,000 DVF boutique shopping spree to pick up everything for the trip, and it's no wonder bids have surpassed $15,000!

Paris is the locale for the Ralph Lauren package which includes two round trip tickets from New York City to the City of Lights, a two-night stay in a deluxe room at the Bristol Hotel and 1,000 euro Ralph Lauren retail experience.

Several designers are offering meet-and-greets for the cause. Lunch with Tory Burch after going on a $3,000 shopping adventure alongside a personal stylist and wrap up the day by attending Jay-Z and Kanye West's concert; backstage passes included.

Get to know Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at Dualstar Entertainment Group Headquarters in New York City and return home with selections from both The Row as well as Elizabeth and James. Need some professional help picking out a new wardrobe? Designer Alexander Wang will play the role of stylist choosing the optimal clothing from T By Alexander Wang at his 103 Grand Street store in New York City.

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Not quite content to simply select designer fashions? Try crafting a one-of-a-kind leather jacket under the direction of Helmut Lang Creative Directors, Nicole and Michael Colovos. Then grab a bite to eat with the designers, and don't forget that $7,500 gift certificate. Tom Ford is also offering a custom experience by tailoring a made-to-measure suit for the winning bidder. Go behind-the-scenes at the Spring 2012 L.A.M.B. Fashion Show and meet Gwen Stefani all in the same whirlwind day.

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Spend some quality time with real angel Doutzen Kroes at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and after party. Kenneth Cole is looking to fill some spots as his VIP guests for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. While stylist to the stars, Rachel Zoe is providing her expertise courtesy of a private consultation.

Sure, some of these lots may be expensive, but it all goes to a worthy cause and who would give up the chance to create a personalized Barbie or Ken doll?