In celebration of International Women's Day on March 8th, luxury fashion e-tailer Net-A-Porter is launching a limited-edition female-centered collection in collaboration with six designers, with all proceeds benefitting Women for Women International.
The collection features six unique graphic t-shirts designed by Stella McCartney, Ganni, Off White, Bella Freud, Rosie Assoulin, and Chloé. Each shirt is an interpretation of the designer's outlook on female empowerment, printed on a fresh cotton tee.
The pieces are varied, but hold a common white backdrop and celebratory messages of women supporting women. And our guess - all will be quick to sell out.
Of her gold chain design inspiration, Chloé's creative director, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, said it's a tribute to the symbolic union of femininity. “Recognizing both the universality and individuality of women was behind much of what I wanted to say with my first collection at Chloé," Ramsay-Levi explained.
"This is what drew me to using a Cycladic totem of femininity, a symbol dating back more than four millenniums, yet still timeless, as a pendant necklace," she continued. "I wanted to translate this message for International Women’s Day, repeating this symbol in gold thread on the pocket with a matching metallic ring piercing through the sleeve. Together these details represent the life-giving force within all women.”
Designer Bella Freud drew her inspiration from the unifying force of love. “Love is inclusive, it unites us," she said. "Love opens our hearts and minds to go beyond our limitations.”
Though overtly more tongue-in-cheek, Ditte Reffstrup, Ganni's creative director, said his 'Girls on Top' shirt is both good-humored and celebratory. Reffstrup explained that his t-shirt was made for: “All the amazing girls and women who show the way forward and won’t be pigeonholed or held back by their gender.”
Rosie Assoulin explained that her 'Do It For Grandma' design was inspired by her familial relationship to women, and the sense of shared history that bonds all of us together. Because really, we all got it from our grand-mamas.
"I was inspired by my grandmother, who spoke many languages, and lived in many countries," Assoulin said. "With each brave move she experienced a strange and new place, and her wisdom and experience are invaluable. What our grandmothers lived through, historically and personally, is inspiring, and the equality we are able to fight for today was often unspeakable in their time."
Net-A-Porter will donate 100% of the profits from the collection to Women for Women International, which, in its 25-year existence, has equipped more than 462,000 women across eight conflict-affected countries with the resources to break out of poverty and stand up for their rights.
It's in the spirit of solidarity and sisterhood that this fashion collaboration is born - and in today's political climate, we couldn't be more here for it.
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