Nicole’s Favorites: High Fashion & Bold Feminism

Sometimes, designers like to make a statement in the styles they create, while others like to literally inscribe a message on their designs.

Take, for instance, these new tees by Dior and Stella McCartney, both of which offer an inspiring message of female empowerment. According to PopSugarDior opened their Spring 2018 show with “a Brenton-striped slogan top that read ‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?'” Inspired by a 1971 essay by Linda Nochlin, PopSugar says the top highlight the very themes Nochlin explore in her essay, which dove into the gatekeepers barring women from succeeding in the art world. What’s more is that the tee hold even more significant, as it was designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri — Dior’s first female creative director.

But Chiuri isn’t the only one to take a stand with her T-shirts. Stella McCartney used her design talents to create an exclusive top for Glamour that reads “Women, Power, Love.” The shirt, which Glamour says they co-designed, is featured on all 17 of its editions around the world and benefits the The Girl Project, a charity created by Glamour to help girls around the world earn an education. The shirt, says McCartney, aims to not only empower women to speak up and love themselves as they are, it also serves as a reminder to reclaim what it means to be a “powerful” woman.

“I think when the words powerful and women go hand in hand, certain generations believe it’s not a compliment,” McCartney told Glamour. “But this [belief] was something generated by men to make women feel bad if we have something to say. That’s not the case anymore.”

Now, she explained, women are owning their voices and rejoicing in their power.

“Young women see power as something to be celebrated and to be proud of. I feel powerful when I’m being honest and when I’m not compromising who I am,” she offered. “Also, when I speak for other women who don’t have a voice—that’s when I feel that I’m being the best woman I could be.”

I love that these fierce women are using their talents to assert the voices, power and presence of women everywhere. Let’s hope the trend continues!

XO,

Nicole

 

Lawrence stars in new Dior video

Jennifer Lawrence is set to take centerstage in a brand new video for Dior.

According to WWD, the project, which is a follow-up to her pre-fall ad campaign where she donned a “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt, is shot by French photographer Brigette Lacombe and is directed by Fabien Baron.

Called “La Fille Américaine,” WWD reports that the black-and-white video “features Lawrence (‘La Fille’) with her Dior bag (‘Le Sac’), a flower (‘La Fleur’), playing with a canary in a birdcage, sitting in a chair texting ‘Le Texto,’ staring into the camera, applying lipstick, looking sad and looking happy.”

The plot doesn’t pick up much from there, says WWD, but a behind-the-scenes video shows Lawrence discussing how it feels to work with female professionals.

“It’s exciting to work with a woman photographer because, frankly, there aren’t very many,” she said. “Whenever I think of a feminist, I think of a confident woman.”

First female creative director may be in order for Dior

The October 2015 departure of Raf Simons left a gaping hole in the house of Dior. But a new creative director may be installed next month, and may also be making history in the process.

According to ELLE, Reuters is reporting that Maria Grazia Chiuri, co-designer for Valentino, will step into the role in July while her counterpart Pierpaolo Piccioli will remain in his role at Valentino. If the reports are true and Chiuri does assume the position, ELLE says it will “mark the first time Dior has been creatively led by a woman in the brand’s 70-year history.”

While ELLE reports that Dior has seen a dive in sales following Simons’ exit from the fashion house, there is hope that Chiuri’s track record of success will boost their supposedly suffering sales.

Chiuri and Picciolo’s designs, which tend to have a “romantic yet sleek” aesthetic, according to ELLE, have been lauded, as have their accessories — something that ELLE  says “have proven to be a retail success.” Thus, Chiuri might be able to restore some financial stability to Dior with her fresh designs and history of significant sales.

Although ELLE says the rumors have yet to be confirmed by Dior executives, it looks like Chiuri may just be the remedy for the fashion house in flux.