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Fashion brands making headlines with charitable gestures

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Fashion brands have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. However, many are raising the right type of awareness with their brand. Lacoste recently announced that it would be adopting a temporary logo to help endangered species. This will be done by offering limited editions of each animal in relation to how many of the species there are left in the wild. And, they’re not the only one.

 

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Save Our Species  — Lacoste

The #LacosteSaveOurSpecies campaign was launched last year in an attempt to raise awareness and funds for endangered species. If you aren’t, you’ve definitely seen it! A part of this, they replaced their classic crocodile logo with images of endangered species on their classic polo shirts.

The great idea behind the campaign involved the fashion magnet releasing limited editions of each polo shirt — relating to how many of the associated species were left in the world. The new logos were designed using the same green colouring and style as the iconic crocodile.

The featured animals were in fact the ten most endangered species on the planet. These are the Vaquita, Burmese Turtle, Northern Sportive Lemur, Javan Rhino, Kakapo, Cao-vit Gibbon, California Condor, Saola, Sumatran Tiger and the Anegada Ground Iguana.

The campaign was launched at Paris Fashion Week 2018 and were an instant success. The money from the shirts was donated towards the fight for wildlife conservation worldwide.

 

Tighter gun control — Gucci

Gun control is a major issue in the US, with news stories of gun shootings hitting the headlines regularly. Gucci has recently taken a stand and is fighting for improved gun legislation. The Fashion brand has even donated half a million dollars to the cause. “We stand with March For Our Lives and the fearless students across the country who demand that their lives and safety become a priority. We have all been directly or indirectly impacted by these senseless tragedies. Gucci is proud to join this movement with a donation of $500,000” was one comment by Gucci at the time.

Following a school shooting in 2017 which left 17 people dead, Gucci announced its support for tighter controls. It’s possible that Gucci’s generous donation was motivated by the death of Gucci salesman, Javier Jorge-Reyes, and injury of Gucci store manager, Leonel Melendez Jr. Both deaths were both caused by gun violence.

 

The Prince’s Trust — Charles Tyrwhitt

Men’s dress shirt retailer, Charles Tyrwhitt works regularly with Prince Charles’ charity, The Prince’s Trust. This is a charity in the United Kingdom, founded in 1976 by Charles, Prince of Wales. It focuses on helping vulnerable people get their lives back on track and find work.

Charles Tyrwhitt designed custom scarves, ties and umbrellas for in support of the charity. Where each item in the collection is sold, £5 is donated to The Prince’s Trust.

The company also encouraged its employees to raise money too. In fact, business founder, Nick Wheeler, raised over 100,000 when he completed an 874-mile bike ride from Land’s End to John O’ Groats in the UK. And, members of the company attend and recruit individuals through The Prince’s Trust ‘Get Hired’ Days. This is where young people who have been through The Trust’s programmes have found themselves ready to move into work and are actively looking for work.

 

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Watch Hunger Stop — Michael Kors

You’ve probably heard of Michael Kors, most famous for their handbags and accessories. It was in 2013 when they launched their Watch Hunger Stop campaign. According to the Michael Kors website, they’ve helped the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) deliver 15 million meals to children in need.

Kate Hudson announced her collaboration with the campaign in 2018. There are many ways that people can donate — through the purchase of a timepiece, a Snapchat using a store geofilter or through posting a photo wearing a Watch Hunger Stop T-shirt. Each action donates a certain amount of money and corresponding meals to children in need. the programme supports 16 million children over 70 different countries.

 

Sustainable fashion — Stella McCartney

When it comes to environmentally friendly brands, Stella McCartney is up there with the best. She continually makes a difference with regards to environmental fashion and sustainability. Using the latest in eco-friendly technology, she changes attitudes to sustainable fashion and demonstrates how eco-fashion can be done.

She doesn’t use any fur or leather in the creation of her garments. Take her latest swimwear range for example, in partnership with Adidas. The swimsuits are made from Lycra Xtra Lite fabric, which is resistant to chlorine and uses recycled Parley Ocean Plastic yarn.

Stella even made changes to the way she dyes her products. She partnered with Colorifix to reduce environmental damage during this process. They do this through isolating the DNA that creates colour in nature and uses 10 times less water than the traditional process.

 

What do you think of these charitable gestures? Are you a fan of any of these brands? Please drop a comment in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by.

 

Sources

https://www.gq.com/story/gucci-gun-control-donation

http://destinationkors.michaelkors.com/kors-cares/watch-hunger-stop/15-million-meals/

https://www.stellamccartney.com/experience/en/sustainable-swimwear-from-adidas-by-stella-mccartney/

https://www.ctshirts.com/uk/prince’s-trust-ct/

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Figuring out your spring wedding outfit

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Spring has crept up on us, and if you’ve been lucky enough to get invited to a springtime wedding this year, you need to get your outfit planned soon! Spring can be a funny time for trying to work out what to wear — will it rain, will it shine? How cold will it be? You need to have options open for any eventuality, but you also want to still look the part.

To help you through this difficult balancing act, we’ve put together this guide for both womenswear and menswear to get you prepared for spring weddings.

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An overview of Spring 2019 trends

We will first take a quick look at the fashion trends for spring this year. Many of these trends will apply to both men and women, so it’s worth taking a look at these first:

  • Minimalism — After chasing highly-embellished dresses, wedding trends are set to cool down to a more sleek, minimal look thanks to the Meghan Markle effect. Guests can take note of this too, and embrace the ‘less is more’ mentality for their outfits.
  • Eco-friendly themes — Sure, the idea of florals for spring brings the cutting tone of Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly to mind, but florals will certainly fit the eco-friendly theme set to take hold of weddings across the country. Couple this with some eco-friendly shopping and the minimalism trend and you’ll have crisp, smooth look without fiddly synthetic embellishments.
  • Coral colours — Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019 is ‘Living Coral’, so expect to see this warm, pastel hue cropping up in fashion and in wedding trends throughout the year. It’s certainly going to see its moment during the springtime, with its blossom-evoking undertones. Think coral-coloured ties to add a splash of colour, or coral shawls to cover-up against the cold.

 

Outfit inspiration for women

Take these spring trends with you as you decide on your wardrobe. Florals, as mentioned, are a tried-and-true essential for spring. You can opt for large or small floral prints; both are absolutely on-trend, and it’s just down to preference.

Pastel shades are a great choice here. Opt for floral prints, such as a printed Rebecca Taylor dress, using a shade close to the ‘Living Coral’ shade that’s set the theme of 2019 to make an effortless nod to the current trend. You can use this for dresses, skirts, shirts, or even as an accent with a coral-coloured accessory, like a thick bangle or coral-gemstone earrings.

Though we’re making use of the trends, you don’t need to restrict yourself. If you’re not a fan of dresses, an elegant jumpsuit can look so sophisticated, and it’s set to be a big trend at weddings throughout 2019. Wedding Wire are calling it a ‘fashion-forward style’ for guests, and the best part is that they can be dressed up or down to adapt to pretty much any dress code! When picking a jumpsuit, keep the shape simple and avoid too many embellishments for a really streamlined look. There’s also the catwalk-hot trend of coloured tailoring — that is, two-pieces sticking to one colour, in loose and light materials ready for spring. Nod to Pantone’s Colour of the Year with a pastel two-piece and you’ll have yourself the perfect spring wedding outfit.

A smart skirt paired with a floral, flowing wrap-style top is a safe bet. Keep your shirt looking formal with a pick from designers such as Rixo Clothing matched with a sophisticated pencil skirt. For shoes, there’s a trend gaining pace on Instagram for square-toed shoes. In particular, square-toed satin flats are having their moment on the catwalk and on social media, and they make a great addition to your springtime wedding outfit.

Want an easy way to look effortlessly put together? Consider a combo of wedding shoes and matching bags. Pick a colour, material, pattern, or all of the above and blend them through your choice of shoes and bag to really tie up your outfit nicely.

 

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Outfit inspiration for men

Brides Magazine notes that for men, wedding wear has become a little more casual in recent years. But this is all set to change this year. That means a much more tailored look, and absolutely no to jeans and t-shirts, even if it’s a ‘casual’ dress code! Of course, as a guest, you don’t need to match the groom’s three-piece suit, but it can be a good option for layering. Spring can be a tricky one to predict, and a three-piece suit will let you add or remove layers as needed without compromising your look.

A good-quality white shirt that will stay looking great all day is, of course, the dream wedding outfit choice. Avoid a white jacket though, as you don’t want to be seen as trying to outshine the groom! Instead, opt for a light blue jacket to bring out the spring feeling. If you want to make sure your outfit is catwalk-approved, pick a double-breasted jacket — it’s set to be all the rage in spring this year, with the likes of Louis Vuitton and Burberry both showcasing their versions on the runways recently.

Even if the weather is nice, you need to keep your footwear smart; no sandals please. Instead, opt for a pair of smart men’s derby shoes— they go with pretty much any outfit, and are light enough to be comfortable if it’s sunny, and sturdy enough in the weather turns grey.

Give a subtle nod to the trends of the season through your accessories. A pastel-coral tie or pocket square can certainly pop for a springtime feeling. If you’re attending with a partner, this can be a cute way to match up without looking cheesy if you both have an accessory with the same colour on.

 

Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to put together the perfect spring wedding outfit for this year.

 

Sources:

https://www.bridesmagazine.co.uk/gallery/2019-wedding-trends

https://theblacktux.com/blog/wedding-attire-for-men/

https://www.edharry.com/tips-tricks-on-what-to-wear-to-a-wedding-for-men

https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/wedding-fashion-trends

https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2019

https://www.weddingideasmag.com/mens-seasonal-wedding-guest-fashion/

https://www.elle.com/uk/fashion/trends/a40085/7-fashion-trends/

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/fashion-beauty/style-advice/a25626752/spring-fashion/

https://www.vogue.fr/vogue-hommes/fashion/story/mens-fashion-22-top-trends-for-spring-summer-2019/4065

 

 

 

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