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The CFDA Teams Up With ACLU for New York Fashion Week

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“We want to be on the front line, not the sidelines, to boldly fight to protect our precious rights and freedoms, which has taken on a renewed urgency after the heart-wrenching events of Charlottesville,” said Steven Kolb, president and CEO of CFDA.

Last season's New York Fashion Week directly followed the inauguration of President Donald Trump, and the fear, anger and frustration over issues like immigration and women's rights were still very fresh on the minds of many designers. Those charged emotions were channeled into several runway presentations, as well as the partnership between the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which sets the calendar for NYFW, and Planned Parenthood. 

Now, six months later, the feelings have not died down. In fact, in the wake of events in Charlottesville, Va., one could argue that they are more raw than ever, with white supremacy and bigotry arising as new issues to tackle. With the political climate in mind, the CFDA is once again taking action, this time teaming up with the American Civil Liberties Union for a new campaign, "Fashion for ACLU," at this year's NYFW with the aim to raise awareness for the nonprofit. 

“We want to be on the front line, not the sidelines, to boldly fight to protect our precious rights and freedoms, which has taken on a renewed urgency after the heart-wrenching events of Charlottesville,” said Steven Kolb, president and CEO of CFDA, in a release. “Our goal is to actively support concrete work that will move our country meaningfully forward. The ACLU is doing that critical work.”

Like the Planned Parenthood partnership, which is carrying over to this season as well, the CFDA is encouraging designers to promote the ACLU at their runway shows and parties, to use the hashtags #FashionforACLU and #StandwithACLU and to distribute a special NYFW edition of the blue lapel pin representative of the organization. (The ACLU pin has also been spotted at several high-profile red carpet events since the inauguration.) More than 50 designers, including Opening Ceremony, Public School, Diane Von Furstenberg and Derek Lam, have agreed to participate. 

Throughout NYFW, taking place Sept. 6-13, Lyft will also be donating $5 from every ride when riders use the code "FASHIONSTANDS" to the ACLU, up to $10,000. 

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