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.
La Double J made a name for itself with its vintage-inspired prints, but for resort, designer JJ Martin has ventured into new territory: enter rich jewel toned solids and decadent embellishment, in the form of appliqués, crystals and sequins. #wwdfashion #resort19 #ladoublej
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“She came into my hotel room and she was like, ‘I have Chanel and Christian Dior.’ She was like, ‘Chanel likes you.’ And I was like, ‘I’m going to start crying,’” breakout star Maddie Hasson tells WWD of her styling sessions Molly Dickson. “I really like classic, elegant things. I love the way Anna Wintour dresses.” Read more about Hasson’s role in @impulseseries on wwd.com. (📸: @jgreenery ) #wwdeye
@virgilabloh revealed he's working with Australian stylist and
Vogue Australia fashion director @christinecentenera for his debut @louisvuitton men's collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21. Centenera met Abloh while both working with Kanye West, where she consulted on his all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women's wear show. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews (📷: @asussmanphoto)
"In order for Shudu to wear garments, she needs to be able to put them on, just like you would in the real world. You have to digitize the outfits," said Cameron-James Wilson on dressing 3-D model @shudu.gram for her WWD photoshoot with @itsclo3d. #wwdfashion (📸: @cjw.photo)
“Shudu is a digital supermodel, a very glamour and amazing woman. But she’s 3-D,” says Cameron-James Wilson, a fashion photographer and the creature of @shudu.gram. Here, Shudu wears @cushnieetochs for her debut fashion editorial. #wwdfashion (📷: @cjw.photo)
“It is the fierce female performances that came before me that made be able to clearly identify for myself what it was that I wanted to do, what kind of artist I wanted to be, what kind of films I wanted to make,” said @brielarson at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. See more pictures from the event on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Matt Baron)