Two years ago, Dossier editor Erin Dixon took a step away from the life of writing, editing, and consulting to take a seminar with nonprofit Safe Horizon. “[The focus] was about their work in shelters for women who had been in abusive home situations,” explained Dixon, noting that, oftentimes, the women who come to these shelters arrive with just the clothes on their back. The seminar also happened to coincide with New York fashion week. “It was an interesting contrast—but not necessarily a bad one,” she related. “It made me see things in a different light: There are so many tools within the industry that can be used to help people.”
And so were strewn the early seeds of Foundation Onda, a new nonprofit (named Onda—”wave” in Italian—to represent a positive ripple effect) that asks designers to donate surplus beauty and wellness supplies (e.g., gift bag extras like stray shampoos, lipsticks, or lotions that showgoers often leave behind) to Safe Horizon. This request did not fall on deaf ears—Donna Karan, Derek Lam, Narciso Rodriguez, and Ralph Rucci are just a few of the designers who have signed on to help.
Onda, which will launch during New York fashion week, asks only that participants donate a single item to its cause. “Obviously, we’re so happy to get more donations from a designer,” said Dixon, “but we’re also happy to get one donation. It’s about being in the moment and looking at something and saying, ‘Even if this one object just makes it a little bit better, it’s worth doing rather than doing nothing.’”
Some designers, however, are taking it a bit further, giving a scarf, an accessory, even ready-to-wear to Onda. “One of the things that the [representative] at Safe Horizon said to me was that women there, when they get items like this, really feel like they’re part of society again,” explained Dixon. “They’re part of the normal world. They’re not marginalized in this other subcategory. They’re joining the population. And that’s so exciting and beautiful.”
For more information, visit www.foundationonda.org.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York kicks off this Wednesday and marks the beginning of the month of shows that will follow in London, Milan, and Paris. It’s exhilarating, but it can be a little chaotic, too, so much so that sometimes we forget just how great the four fashion weeks—not to mention those who participate in them—really are. This season, Mercedes-Benz launches its ongoing Fashion Creatives series, and its first subject, Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, is a die-hard NYFW fan.
The day-in-the-life-style video, which debuts exclusively here, follows the blogger around her hometown of New York, pausing at all her favorite spots, like Jack’s Wife Freda, McNally Jackson bookstore, and, of course, a few boutiques.
“I really love fashion week—I’m not one to ever complain about it. I love seeing people I haven’t seen in a while, and I love seeing what other women are wearing,” Medine told Style.com. Her enthusiasm is genuine—and infectious. Since she missed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday last season due to Rosh Hashanah, Medine is looking forward to seeing Jason Wu, Altuzarra, and Peter Som. “I’m also very excited about my friend Rosie [Assoulin]‘s presentation on Monday,” Medine added. “She is such a visionary.”
In the event that New York is still plagued by the Polar Vortex come Wednesday, Medine has a foolproof sartorial formula. “For the past two weeks I’ve been wearing leggings under all of my jeans,” she told us. “Or with skirts, I’ll wear two pairs of tights and socks, then a tank top, a long-sleeved shirt and a sweater, and then a coat over that,” she continued. “But it’s usually so hot in all of the venues that I’m sure I’ll walk outside and won’t even want to wear a coat at all!”
For more information and behind-the-scenes coverage, visit www.mercedes-benz.com/fashion.
In the age of Instagram, all it takes is a smartphone to achieve a photo finish, be it filtered or #nofilter-ed. That’s why Style.com’s social media editor, Rachel Walgrove, is rounding up our favorite snaps and bringing them into focus. See below for today’s top shots.
Friday, January 31
In celebration of its #ArtMatters window installation, Bergdorf Goodman has surrendered its account to the visual masters behind the #BGWindows.
It’s hard to pick just one. Riccardo Tisci went on a sharing spree, uploading new photos of Erykah Badu, the face of Givenchy’s Spring ’14 ads.
If our flooded e-mail inboxes weren’t an indication, this photo from the MBFW account reminds us that fashion week is just a few days away.
Cheers to the weekend. Make this one count.
And let us say, Amen. Continue Reading “Insta-Gratification” »
After several weeks of ongoing award shows, the Hollywood set conceded the spotlight to the music biz at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. The evening prior to the big event, several stars partied in style at pre-Grammy soirees. Rihanna paired a striped Spring ’14 Altuzarra blouse with a thigh-high-slit skirt at the Roc Nation pre-Grammy brunch. Miley Cyrus, meanwhile, topped a white satin slipdress with Calvin Klein Collection’s cozy pink Pre-Fall ’14 shearling coat at a pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills.
Christopher Kane’s banded Resort ’14 frock has proven to be a very popular red-carpet choice, with Jennifer Hudson and Lara Stone joining the list of notables (including Chloë Grace Moretz and Lupita Nyong’o) who have donned versions of the look. Hudson wore the off-the-shoulder dress for Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala on Saturday, and Stone paired the crewneck iteration with a blazer for the Radio Times party in London on Tuesday.
Then, of course, there’s Cate Blanchett, who’s been pulling out all the sartorial stops of late. Last night at the AACTA Awards ceremony in Sydney, the actress radiated glamour in a plunging chocolate sequined Spring ’14 gown by her tried-and-true favorite, Givenchy.
With New York fashion week less than a week away, there’s a lot to look forward to. The glitz! The glamour! The street styles! But we can’t help but feel a slight panic attack coming on as well. The mammoth show schedule ensures that the fashion set will be uptown at Lincoln Center one minute, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard the next (ahem, Alexander Wang), and over in West Chelsea just moments later. We’re not even sure that Uber will be able to manage the hordes of requests. Of course, despite the crosstown commutes and subzero temps, you’re expected to be at the top of your game—and look it, too. i-D magazine compiled fifty pieces of useful advice for surviving, nay, thriving during the freezing, sleep-deprived, party-packed week ahead. More important, though, it reminds us to embrace it all with a wink and a smile. We’ve called out our five favorite tips below, and will be putting the entire list to use come Wednesday.
1. Being clean is unfailingly chic.
2. Boys who dress like girls are a grand tradition that must be preserved at all costs. Ditto, girls who dress like boys.
3. Words like “edgy” and “directional” should be used sparingly, otherwise you sound like the tacky fashion “expert” off breakfast telly.
4. If you are going to blog about fashion, make sure you can string a sentence together.
5. All the best avant-garde looks will get you arrested—for example, women wearing trousers in Paris, back in 1800.
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