For the third annual celebration of Love Day — this year it's June 19 — the French jeweler has partnered with eight musically gifted celebrities, including Janet Jackson, the members of band Good Charlotte and Emmy Rossum. As in the past, with stars such as Salma Hayek and Djimon Hounsou, each celebrity is linked to the charity of his or her choice, and for each sale of a Love Charity bracelet, a portion goes to the charity. The bracelets are made of silk cord with a gold fob and each color corresponds to the particular cause.
Since the initiative's inception, Cartier has donated more than $2.24 million to 16 global charities.
"Cartier is about selling joy and emotion," said Frédéric de Narp, president and chief executive officer of Cartier North America. "You can't pretend to sell emotion if you don't care for people. We've raised over $2.24 million with the Love campaign. We need to grow that number."
The musicians are expected to be in attendance at a private party in the home of contemporary art collectors Maria and William Bell in Los Angeles' Bel-Air neighborhood on June 18. This year's ambassadors are: Jackson, whose gray bracelet will benefit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance; Fergie, whose orange bracelet will benefit the Peapod Foundation; Good Charlotte, whose deep green bracelet will raise funds for the Richie-Madden Children's Foundation; Eve, whose peach bracelet will benefit Transition; Common, whose khaki bracelet will give money to the Common Ground Foundation; Hilary Duff, whose purple bracelet will benefit Blessings in a Backpack; Rossum, whose pink bracelet will raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Ashanti, whose royal blue bracelet will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of America.
The bracelets are made with a link of white and rose gold, and sell for $995, with $200 from each sale going to a charity. Last year, the bracelets included only one gold link and sold for $475, with $100 going to the charities.
On June 19, Rihanna, one of last year's ambassadors, will join de Narp in Manhattan to light the Empire State Building in Cartier red. On Love Day, all of Cartier's 34 North American stores will donate 10 percent of purchases from the Love jewelry collection, which will be divided among the charities.The jeweler also has added styles to the permanent Love collection, such as bracelets and rings with colored stones, and a men's collection, including a wide cuff with signature screw detail and a ring. A large diamond-covered pendant with the word "love" will hit stores in the fall. Prices in the collection range from $995 to $6,750. The Love bracelet originally was designed in New York in 1969 and has been considered a status symbol since.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast