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

 

Sustainable cotton brand launches line for women

Everyone should have soft, comfortable clothes that make them feel cozy and confident.

Enter Kotn, a Toronto-based sustainable cotton brand who just added a new women’s line to their offerings, according to InStyle. The 16-piece women’s line offers “the core essentials every woman’s wardrobe needs,” says InStyle, with pieces ranging from V-neck  T-shirts and high-neck tank tops to cropped sweatshirts and culotte sweatpants.

Perhaps the best part about is Kotn’s sustainability background; the brand consistently partners with farmers in Egypt’s Nile River Delta in an effort to inject fair wages and revamp the local agriculture business, says InStyle. Talk about being a brand for good!

Pieces in the line range from $25 to $120 and come in sizes from XS to L. Click here to shop the line.

Dior T-shirts to benefit Rihanna’s charity

If spending anything over $20 on a T-shirt sounds outrageous, you may want to reconsider.

According to The Cut, Dior is selling a T-shirt with “We should all be feminists” inscribed across the front, and a portion of the proceeds from its sales will benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization created by Rihanna that helps support “innovative and effective education and health programs around the world.”

The shirt, which is available for $710 only at Dior boutiques, comes after The Cut says Maria Grazia Chiuri made a statement at her first Dior fashion show as the brand’s artistic director, sending models down the runway in the shirt, which echoes the words of globally-known feminist author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

A for Rihanna’s role in the venture, The Cut reports that Rihanna partnered with Dior in order to show  that “philanthropic pursuits is a positive way for fashion to effect change and benefit women around the world.”