From one fashion capital to the next, fashion designers and labels took part in solidarity against hate and stood with women all over the world and with love. Attending this previous New York Fashion Week is most special compared to the last six I've been apart of. Before the Fall/ Winter 2017 shows commenced, the Council of Fashion Designers of America launched a new initiative called "Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood."
The bright pink and fashionable pins have been everywhere this fashion season. It is to raise awareness about the importance of Planned Parenthood in communities as it is a source for life-saving care like birth control, STI testing and treatment, cancer screenings and sex education.
I was most especially blown away at Prabal Gurung's use of his fall/winter show when he featured feminist graphic T-shirts down the runway with women of all different sizes and race wearing them. This specific fashion month has inspired other young designers and creators to make a difference.
If you look closely on my wrist, I am wearing a bracelet centered with chrysocolla, an energy stone that is said to inspire expression and empowers people to communicate clearly and with care. Next to this are two lapis lazuli, considered to be stones of truth. It connects one with their higher mind and heightens the desire for real knowledge. The rest of the bracelet is surrounded in brass rondelles and cocohishi cylinders.
Kira's Tiny Studio donated 30% of all sales and commissions to Planned Parenthood in the month of February and will continue to do so in March.
I think it's important to not only support world renown designers but also the ones that are trying to make difference in your own community.