Women Power: Charity’s In Fashion

Our girl Mary J. Blige was out Wednesday night performing at the Stepping out and Stepping Out baller banquet. The least expensive seats at the event were $1,000 and the most expensive, Golden Trailblazer seats were priced at $50,000, but all of that money goes to a worthy cause so it’s ok. The New York Women’s Foundation held the benefit Wednesday night at Gotham Hall to honor New Yorkers who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing women.

Mary has been getting involved in a lot of charitable endeavors to benefit women recently. She also teamed up with Gucci to raise money for the Foundation for the Advancement for Women Now, a charity that she founded to increase self esteem and opportunities for women with troubled backgrounds, a topic that she has some experience with herself. Back on Sept. 16, Gucci donated a percentage of the day’s sales of the limited edition “Twirl” timepiece at its Fifth Avenue flagship to FFAWN, as well as sales of the watch in other Gucci stores and select department and specialty stores in the U.S. and Canada. “Mary J inspires all of us with the songs, and now through her commitment to the empowerment of disadvantaged young women,” said Frida Giannini, Gucci’s Creative Director.

Naomi Campbell, the undisputed bad girl of the fashion world seems to be turning over a new leaf as well. She’s collaborating with Louis Vuitton for charity. She chose a handbag, a crossbody style with canvas strips stitched over metallic leather, which will retail for $2,789. Vuitton has pledged to donate a portion of sales to the White Ribbon Alliance, an organization dedicated to reducing maternal mortality worldwide. The bag is set to go on sale next March on International Women’s Day. According to Campbell, “People say fashion people don’t do anything. We do a lot.” —— By: Cynthia G. Caban


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