If it weren't so popular, Diane von Furstenberg's wrap dress could be enshrined as a feminist artifact. The designer said the dress empowers women; it empowered her, paying all her bills and allowing her to be free. The dress is also a symbol of sexual freedom for many women, since it has no zippers and is easy to remove.Von Furstenberg spoke about feminism on the eve of the four-day event she's hosting in celebration of International Women's Day, DVF x IWD, which begins on Wednesday. She pointed to Frances McDormand at the recent Academy Awards ceremony, where upon winning an Oscar for her lead role in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," the actress asked all the female nominees in the audience to stand. "Look around, everybody, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed," the actress said."This is the fourth year in a row that I’ve done a lunch to honor the female Oscar nominees," von Furstenberg said. "Everyone is involved in #TimesUp and everyone is concerned. The movement has been unleashed."Now that the #MeToo and Time's Up movements have been let out of the genie's bottle, women are speaking out in record numbers, and no one is predicting they'll stop any time soon. Von Furstenberg, through the People's Voice Awards, has tried to sustain the voices that fight for other women. The designer is revealing today the four nominees competing for $50,000 at the ninth annual DVF Awards on April 13. Voting will be open to the public starting on March 7."We’ve changed people’s lives," von Furstenberg said. "We get recommendations all of the time, and collect names all year long. The real reason we created the People’s Voice is it allows us to give exposure to four candidates. The most important thing for them is exposure and money. These are people who had the courage to survive. They went through the most difficult things themselves."Erin Loos Cutraro is the founder and chief executive officer of She Should Run, a leading nonpartisan organization that works to increase the number of women running for office in the U.S. Since its founding in 2011, nearly 40,000 women have been encouraged to run for office through She Should Run’s efforts. The organization's goal is to get 250,000 women running for office by 2030.
Luma Mufleh is the inspirational ceo and founding director of Fugees Family Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps children of refugees through soccer, education and community. "It's about empowering refugee children and helping them successfully integrate into the U.S.," von Furstenberg said.
Laura Hackney and Jessica Hubley are cofounders of AnnieCannons, a non-governmental organization that works to retrain survivors of human trafficking to become software professionals. "Laura and Jessica transform survivors of human trafficking," von Furstenberg said. "There’s still so much of it and it’s so hard to break free of it.
Donatella Versace will receive the International Award at the 2018 @cfda awards, which were announced tonight. Tap link in bio for a list of all the nominees and honorees. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @rahirezvanistudio )
The 2018 @cfda Awards nominees are out! @virgilabloh for @off____white for is nominated for Womenswear Designer of the Year. Tap link in bio for all the nominees. #wwdnews #wwdfashion ( 📷: @simonelezzi)
@chanelofficial is suing high-end vintage retailer @whatgoesaroundnyc for trademark infringement, a move that could cost the retailer millions. The French fashion house claims that it’s not only unintentionally sold counterfeit goods on occasion, but that it’s “gone out of its way to create an association with Chanel,” which does not exist. Read Chanel’s statement on WWD.com #wwdnews (@aitorrosasphoto)
Exclusive: Guillaume Henry has left @ninaricci, the fashion house said on Thursday. “After three years of mutually gratifying creative collaboration, Nina Ricci and Guillaume Henry have together decided that the designer will depart the house after the presentation of the fall-winter 2018-19 collection,” Ricci said in a statement. Get all the details on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“When Bella enters a room all heads turn,” said @peterphilipsmakeup, creative and image director for @diormakeup. Last night, the two celebrated the product launch of Dior’s Lacquer Plump in Los Angeles with other celebs like @parisjackson, @winnieharlow and more. Head to WWD.com to see the rest of the photos from the night (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
“These shirts are an art form, it’s about getting the message out to as many people as you can. It breaks down the pretentiousness of the art gallery,” says Kumasi Sadiki, cofounder of @ebayontheblock, a store that sells merchandise by New York artists who are shifting their attention to clothes as a wearable medium. Pictured here is a design by artist @joegarvey_, one of the first to spearhead this movement. Head to WWD.com to read @mistywhitesidell full story on how their designs have become merch for the underground elite #wwdfashion
@netaporter is dedicating a part of its website – called the Fine Jewelry and Watch Destination – to highlight its high-end jewelry. The hub will feature products on the site, as well as incorporate styling advice and educational content about high-priced jewelry items. Get more details on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories
For “The Cher Show,” an upcoming musical based on @cher’s life and career, @bobmackie is once again collaborating with the singer in designing the costumes. For decades, Mackie has designed glitzy stage costumes and red carpet looks for the 71-year-old Grammy winner. Pictured here is a sketch of some of the pieces in the wardrobe of the musical, which is set to debut in Chicago on June 12 before making its way to Broadway #wwdeye