Philanthropy

Trees in Focus: Designer Anne Fontaine's Favourite Photos

Although France-based fashion designer Anne Fontaine may be most known for her brand’s crisp white shirts, her fascinating Brazilian roots led to a desire to conserve the environment. In 2011, she launched the Anne Fontaine Foundation, which promotes reforestation initiatives in Brazil. The Foundation’s latest effort is Trees in Focus, an exhibition and charity auction of 32 tree-themed photographs at Sotheby’s New York. The show opens 18 May for viewing and silent bidding and culminates in a live auction on 25 May, after Sotheby’s Latin American Art sales. "If you want to change the relationship between people and nature,” the designer says, ”you also have to remind everybody how beautiful nature is.” To see six of Fontaine's favourite images from the sale and discover how they inspire her, click ahead. –Stephanie Sporn