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.
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @@Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion