Fashion’s biggest names are planning to use their platforms to send an important message during New York Fashion Week.
On Tuesday, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced that they’ve joined forces with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to stand up against racism and hatred. The Council has encouraged designers to fight for constitutional rights in a very public way.
So how do they plan to do so? Over 50 designers and brands—including Adam Selman, Diane von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, Prabal Gurung, Derek Lam, Public School, and Everlane—will use the “Fashion for ACLU” tagline to express their support at their fashion shows and accompanying parties from Sept. 7 to 14.
Additionally, they’ll pass out a special-edition ACLU blue lapel ribbon—similar to the one celebrities have worn on red carpets this year—to make sure others can show support as well. The official hashtags used are #StandWithACLU and #FashionforACLU.
“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,” CFDA President and CEO Steven Kolb said in a statement.
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“Our goal is to actively support concrete work that will move our country meaningfully forward. The ACLU is doing that critical work.”
That’s not all. Because editors, designers, and anyone in fashion will be busy zipping from one side of the city to the net, Lyft has agreed to donate $5 from every NYFW-associated ride (up to $10,000) by simply using the promotional code “FASHIONSTANDS.”
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