The fashion industry is an all-inclusive industry that deals with education, empowerment, creativity, and a whole lot more. In fashion news from around the world this week; fashion brands unite to empower and educate women, Instagram calls on fashion, beauty, and black businesses to promote the launch of live rooms, and more.
Macy’s, Micheal Kors, Ralph Lauren Partner With Fashion Makes Change To Empower And Educate Women
To mark International Women’s Day happening on March 8, consumers and fashion brands can donate to Fashion Makes Change (FMC). FMC is an organisation that focuses on female empowerment, education and climate action together as the driving force. Brands like Macy’s, Micheal Kors, Versace, and Ralph Lauren will donate directly to the initiative or use the brand’s check-out system or Shopify.
“The goal of Fashion Makes Change is to make it easy for customers to join in and amplify gender equality, women’s education, and empowerment in communities around the globe,” said Cara Smyth, Chair of FMC.
Some of the proceeds from this initiative will be donated to the Empower@Work collaborative. Empower@Work seeks to leverage knowledge, skills and networks to drive collective action benefitting women workers and gender equity in global supply chains. They have created an integrated Worker Training Toolkit for women’s empowerment that includes in-depth training curriculum materials covering leadership, financial literacy, problem-solving, decision-making and family planning.
“During 2020, as the pandemic progressed, stores closed and customer’s stopped shopping, it became ever more evident that the world is interconnected, and we are all reliant on each other,” said Smyth, “Collective action was required. Each one of us plays a part in designing the future we hope to see.”
Instagram Calls On Fashion, Beauty And Black Businesses To Promote The Launch Of Live Rooms
Recently, Instagram announced the launch of Live Rooms which allows up to 4 users to live stream together. The Live Rooms are an upgrade of their Live feature which makes it more of a panel/talk show function for multiple users.
To promote the launch of Live Rooms, Instagram is utilising fashion, beauty and Black businesses.
“There’s this next generation of fashion commentators. They’re fashion spectators. Sometimes they’re students, like in fashion school. Sometimes they’re writers, sometimes they’re tech founders. But everyone has a voice in everything, everyone has an opinion. And I think Instagram has levelled the playing field in that way,” said Eva Chan, the Director of fashion partnerships for Instagram.
The Facebook-owned social media platform will also use the rooms to promote its #BuyBlack campaign, with Black beauty founders gathering with a panel to discuss the movement, as well as giving insight into how to shop on the Lives and Instagram beauty trends. A Live Room will also be held with Allure Editor-in-Chief Michelle Lee and Chen, titled #StopAsianHate, where the women will discuss Asian hate crimes.
Harper’s Bazaar Debuts Fashion Show With Lamborghini
Fashion publication, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore organised a fashion show that was a hybrid between the real and virtual worlds. The fashion show, dubbed 2021: Fashion Odyssey, was done in collaboration with Italian sports car producer Automobili Lamborghini.
The was presented on March 4 as a by-invite only virtual show. It featured real models walking a virtual landscape runway. The 8-piece capsule collection was designed by veteran fashion designer Lai Chan. All of the pieces in the collection were inspired by Lamborghini’s Huracan EVO RWD.
The designer drew inspiration from the car’s smooth surfaces, strong contours, and underrated designs. The materials used to create the outfits comprised of embossed leather and taffeta amongst others. The collection also features bold colours in line with the carmaker’s DNA.
From mini skirts to pants, long dresses, blouses, and short gown, all of the outfits exude style and class in unusual yet appealing ways.
Kelly Rowland Launches Fashion Collection In Collaboration With JustFab
Kelly Rowland has newly launched a fashion collection in collaboration with JustFab. The singer who gave birth to her second child earlier this year and celebrated her 40th birthday is ready to take the fashion industry by storm.
To gain inspiration for this collection, Rowland looked to Greek warrior goddesses and the strength, power and confidence of women. She also drew inspiration from her own fashion choices that were forms of armour for each day.
In a letter from the designer announcing the collection, Rowland wrote, “This past year was completely unprecedented, and as I reflect on all that has happened, I am once again reminded how miraculous and multifaceted women are. How many different people we can be in one day, one hour, one minute. How many different hats we wear. This year has been an exercise in strength, and I wanted to be able to share that armour with women everywhere — with you,” she added. “You are my muses: the warriors, the creatives, the women who lead with grace. This collection is for you.”
The collection comprises stylishly designed everyday staples. It features knit sweater dresses, linen blazers, culotte shorts, and more. She also created. collection of footwear that consists of neutral-hued, fashion-forward knit heels, sandals, and boots.
Bruno Mars Launches First Fashion Collection With Lacoste
Bruno Mars has teamed up with French heritage fashion brand Lacoste to launch his first fashion collaboration. For the collection, Mars used what he calls his designer alter ego named “Ricky Regal”. The singer said, “when I’m making lavish luxurious garments, I go by Ricky Regal”.
According to Lacoste, the collection was inspired by a “lust for life and an entrepreneurial Midas touch”. The collection merges Mars’s unique style with its blend of sports and luxury.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have been asked to do collaborations in the past, but it always came with guidelines. Lacoste was the first and only brand that said ‘Bruno you can do whatever you want.’ The respect of such creative freedom coming from a heritage fashion house was an honour,” said Bruno Mars.
The collection is comprised of everyday sports luxury and features a range of ready-to-wear clothes, footwear, and accessories for men and women. The collection used bold colours like mustard yellow, petrol green, eggplant purple, coral red and tie-dye on velvet silk and cotton fabrics.