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DK FOR DOING HER PART FOR NY

In the hours immediately after last month's terrorist attacks, fashion designer Donna Karan didn't want to leave her Manhattan apartment.

Then she snapped out of it.

"I realized I had a company to worry about and now an even larger family of all my employees to consider," Karan told the Associated Press.

So the first thing she did to help her city, the economy -- and her wardrobe -- was to go shopping.

"I bought this jacket, these jeans," she said, pointing to her new suede blazer and studded pants. She wore the outfit Tuesday as she and 100 other designers launched "Fashion for America," a shopping initiative sponsored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine.

The effort aims at getting customers back into stores for the holiday season while also raising money for the Twin Towers Fund.

"Fashion for America" includes an advertising campaign starring model Carolyn Murphy and actress Julianne Moore; in-store appearances by Karan, Tommy Hilfiger and other designers; and T-shirts designed by Peter Arnell, whose advertising firm has represented the New York fire and police departments.

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