Tory Burch's #EmbraceAmbition campaign and Mara Hoffman's women's photo series are just a few examples.
For International Women's Day on March 8, designers are celebrating with limited-edition pieces, photo series and global campaigns dedicated to supporting and empowering women.
IWD has been observed since the early 1900s and serves as a day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. This year's campaign theme for IWD asks participants to #BeBoldForChange.
Here, a look at what fashion folks are doing for a day that commemorates the struggle for women's rights.
L.A.-based brand A.L.C. is celebrating IWD with a limited-edition tee that "celebrates female energy, positivity, and community," reads a release.
Starting March 8, A.L.C.'s "'The Woman" t-shirt is available for purchase on alcltd.com for $98. All proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood.
"The beauty of 'the woman' is that there is no singular definition," Andrea Lieberman, A.L.C. founder, said in a statement. "For me, the woman represents an attitude and a strength. We created this tee with that sentiment of self-expression in mind and wanted all proceeds to go to an organization that is inclusive and empowers women to get the care they need."
The Tory Burch foundation is launching a global campaign called #EmbraceAmbition, which encourages women to do just that. The initiative, coinciding with IWD and Women's History Month, aims to address the double standard that exists around ambition.
"While there are systematic impediments to women’s success in business, cultural mores are also to blame. In one of my first interviews, a reporter mentioned the word 'ambitious,' and I commented that the word annoyed me. A friend of mine said, 'You should never shy away from that word.' She was right," recalled Tory Burch, designer and founder of her namesake foundation. "I realized that I had bought into the stigma that women shouldn't be ambitious — that it was unattractive. That creates a harmful double standard that we must overcome in order to achieve equality."
Burch also recruited a number of famous faces and business leaders, including Kerry Washington, Rashida Jones, Jon Hamm, Melinda Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, Eric Schmidt and more, to take part in a PSA video that celebrates ambition. You, too, can take a digital pledge, sharing your ambition on social media and using the #EmbraceAmbition hashtag.
There are also #EmbraceAmbition bracelets and t-shirts that are available at Tory Burch and Tory Sport boutiques globally, and at toryburch.com and torysport.com. One hundred percent of the net proceeds of these products in the United States will benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which empowers women entrepreneurs in the U.S.
La Ligne — the label founded by Valerie Macauley and Meredith Melling, former Vogue editors, and Molly Howard, rag & bone's former head of business development — is partnering with Free the Nipple on a ringer tee that is embroidered in the back with “libérez le nipple” (free the nipple in French).
A portion of sales will be donated to Free the Nipple's The Human Campaign, which works to get support from the 38 crucial states needed to officially pass the Equal Rights Amendment. The shirt, retailing for $115, is now available on lalignenyc.com and freethenipple.com.
Mara Hoffman has partnered with social advocacy group Art Not War, led by Laura Dawn, Sarah Sophie Flicker and Tanya Selvaratnam, to curate a photo series starring a mix of 25 feminists, activists and artists.
"We started this project with Art Not War back in August and since then the importance of giving these women even more of a spotlight just got louder and louder for me. I really came to understand just how important it is for us, as creatives, to join together and lend ourselves to those doing the on-the-ground work in the name of women," Hoffman tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Added the designer: "This group of people are contributing and putting themselves on the line for my rights and the rights of others, and this project was my way to thank them for their courage and their hope, especially in the times we are facing right now."
Each participant, seen in designs from Hoffman's spring 2017 collection, is involved in the social justice or art space. Musician and doula Domino Kirke, feminist poet Cleo Wade, multi-disciplinary artist Zoe Buckman, CNN commentator Sally Kohn and FAIR Girls co-founder Andrea Powell are among the women featured in the images, shot by NY-based photographer Amber Mahoney.
You can check out the portrait series at awoman.works.
ADAY, a NY-based technical clothing brand founded by Nina Faulhaber and Meg He, has teamed up with textile and swimwear designer Lisa King on a scarf that's designed to celebrate women.
The scarves — one reads "feminist," the other says "dreamer" — can now be pre-ordered for $60 at thisisaday.com. On March 8, 50 percent of all proceeds from ADAY’s website will be donated to Vital Voices, an NGO whose mission is to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world.
Designer Rebecca Minkoff and Lauren Bush Lauren, founder and CEO of FEED, have partnered to design three classic unlined bags in honor of IWD.
Each bag features a black, ecru and yellow tribal print that was hand loomed in India. With each purchase, the foldover clutch ($145) provides 37 meals, the unlined crossbody bag ($245) provides 62 meals and the whipstitch tote ($295) provides 74 meals to children and families globally through FEED's program.
"To work in tandem with such a strong female entrepreneur who has made it her company’s mission to give so much to so many, is unbelievably moving," said Minkoff. "I'm honored to play a role in FEED’s immense impact on our world and very excited to share this collaboration with my customers."
Marc Jacobs and Grace Coddington have partnered to create a limited-edition tee ($65) and tote ($45) that features an illustration of Vogue's creative director at large holding a sign that reads, "Women's rights are human rights," with her favorite cartoon cats in the background. All net proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood NYC.
Global Citizen, a social action organization, and Chime for Change, a global campaign dedicated to promoting women's rights around the world, has issued an open letter.
"We have reached a critical moment in history. Recent legislation and rhetoric have put decades of progress for girls and women at risk," begins the letter.
"All over the world, women are on the frontlines fighting for our future. Yet millions of girls and women are still denied basic equal rights. And recent policies and appointments in the United States jeopardize its position as a global leader and positive role model on human rights," it reads. "We stand together to say, in a voice louder than ever, that fighting for gender equality is the emergency and the opportunity of our time."
The message has been signed by 29 artists, advocates and activists, including Beyonce, Hayek, Madonna, John Legend, Dakota Johnson, Arianna Huffington, Gucci's Alessandro Michele and Kering CEO and chairman François-Henri Pinault.
The letter concludes: "We fight for education. For health. For justice. For every girl. Every woman. Everywhere. We fight for our future. Because none of us can move forward if half of us are held back."
Those who'd like to join and take action can visit globalcitizen.org/IWD2017 for more info.
Read the open letter in full below.