Fashion Update: Limited appeal

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CARLA SOZZANI, who runs her must-be-seen-at shop and gallery in Milan's Corso Como, joined her sister Franca Sozzani, the editor of Italian Vogue, and Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue in the US, to throw a party for the photographer Steven Meisel. In return, Meisel donated 46 limited edition prints for sale at pounds 10,000 each for Aids charities.

Grace Coddington, the elegant fashion director of US Vogue, snapped by Meisel with a kitten, was a popular seller, and a portrait of the dandyish style editor of US Vogue, Hamish Bowles, equalled sales for one of Linda E chewing a matchstick, with Valentino among the Bowles buyers. Gianfranco Ferre chose a portrait of the world's longest serving fashion editor, Polly Mellen, holding a sign reading: 'Polly Mellen Forever'.

Surprisingly, there were takers for an in-the-buff portrait of Donatella Versace. One of them was Donatella herself, who would be wise to buy the negative. Also popular was Meisel's portrait of Lauren Hutton with her leg in plaster. But the photographer's personal favourite, according to Sozzani, a Diane Arbus-esque portrait of Hamish Bowles in nothing but an orthopaedic corset, didn't sell at all.

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