On March 8, 2020, women everywhere will be celebrating, supporting, and praising their female friends. (More so than usual, that is.) Why? Because, in case you’ve been living underneath a rock for the past decade, March 8th is International Women’s Day.
To celebrate, NET-A-PORTER released 20 brand-new T-shirt designs in support of Women for Women International. (The T-shirts are available right now at net-a-porter.com.) What’s even cooler? One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the charity which fights to help marginalized women living in countries affected by war and conflict.
“Our International Women’s Day campaign perfectly embodies the sentiment that so much can be achieved when women come together,” says Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Vice President for Europe & External Relations, Women for Women International.
To commemorate NET-A-PORTER’s 20th anniversary, the luxe online retailer invited 20 female designers to create an unforgettable capsule. Each designer was asked to re-create their individual interpretation of female bravery and empowerment.
“Twenty years of NET-A-PORTER and 20 awe-inspiring designers, standing alongside women who are often forgotten and left behind after experiencing indescribable trauma,” Schmidt continues. “We are so grateful to everyone involved and this year hope to raise enough funds to transform the lives of hundreds more women survivors of war.”
The lineup (see below!) is filled with iconic names including Stella McCartney, Gabriela Hearst, ALEXACHUNG, Isabel Marant, Amina Muaddi, Carine Roitfeld, Jimmy Choo, ROTATE, Bernadette, Rosie Assoulin, STAUD, The Attico, The Range, The Frankie Shop, GANNI, Nanushka, Charlotte Tilbury, Cecilie Bahnsen, Roxanne Assoulin, alongside a NET-A-PORTER x Ninety Percent collaboration.
“I’m honored to be included in this important initiative that supports International Women’s Day and helps women living in war-torn countries to rebuild their lives, alongside a lineup of wonderful female designers. This t-shirt is made of 100% organic cotton and acts as a call for action for women to stand together not only against climate change but together as a team in everyday life. We must support and empower each other, and provide encouragement to the women around us. I feel most powerful as a woman when I’m being honest and when I’m not compromising who I am.” — Stella McCartney
“I’d stumbled upon an image taken by Linda McCartney in the 80s; a cluster of pink balloons which read ‘Happy Birthday LINDA!’. I have been a long time admirer of Linda and her work. Linda was way ahead of her time; tirelessly campaigning for social justice, an unwavering activist, an artist, a musician, a devoted mother and more recently, my latest style icon discovery — she encompassed and displayed so many incredible female qualities that continue to inspire me. This photo ended up sparking an idea that led to the t-shirt design.” — Alexa Chung
“I think it’s a shame that today, social networks have created an environment of eternal comparisons and competitiveness, especially between women. Instead of comparing ourselves, why not encourage one another? I imagined a t-shirt that is a spontaneous compliment to the inner and outer beauty of the women of our everyday lives, without conditions, without criteria. It’s a feeling that has been with me throughout my life, and that I have always expressed in my work.” — Carine Roitfeld
“It’s such an honor to work with NET-A-PORTER on this campaign to support Women for Women International. Jimmy Choo has always celebrated women, we strive for our designs to help them stand out with confidence in their everyday lives. The T-shirt design is an irreverent wordplay on CHOO with a call to action to support the sisterhood of women across the world.” —
Sandra Choi, JIMMY CHOO
“We believe that we are better together not only as women. We wanted ROTATE to take part in every word that came to mind when talking about the International Women’s Day. The keywords are what we stand for and what we hope can inspire for a better future. Keywords are power. Just like the shoulders — we wanted sharp shoulders because they express power. Don’t be afraid- embrace!” — Thora Valdimars and Jeanette Friis Madsen, ROTATE
“The t-shirt quotes ‘GIRLS BITE BACK’. I drew an illustration highlighting delicate roses with sharp thorns that represent beauty, femininity, and fierceness. A rose can sting, and a woman can bite back.” — Bernadette and Charlotte de Geyter
“For International Women’s Day, we looked back through history at the most classical representation and celebration of women, from the Venus of Willendorf to the Venus de Milo and felt inspired to create our own hand-drawn bust graphic. Without a face, it represents the beauty of every woman.” — Design Director, Wyatt Hough, STAUD
The Frankie Shop
“Because we need to talk! The conversation about women’s rights has just started and we have to do a lot more that is inclusive of all genders and races.” — Frankie Shop
“GANNI is about more than just clothes, it’s a state of mind. We’re a brand for women, by women. Every day I’m surrounded by a team of strong and aspirational women — supporting female empowerment comes naturally, it’s just what we do. #GANNIGirls is plural for a reason, it means so much to see a movement of women all over the world connect to what we do. We’re a community all about dressing for yourself and no-one else and feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin. We want to help women feel like they are capable of anything. Right now, there’s so much unfinished business for gender equality. We’ve got to stick together. When women unite as a team, we can’t be stopped.” — Ditte Reffstrup, Creative Director, GANNI
“Inspired by the famous expression, where the phrase is used to wish good luck before facing life-altering challenges, I wanted to create an empowering and encouraging message for all women around the world to remind them of their inner force and female power to overcome their obstacles.” — Sandra Sandor, Nanushka
“My grandmother used to make me and my sister matching dresses for school events or dance classes. I think this Sisterhood way of dressing always inspires the collections and the mood of the photoshoots and shows, this idea of having the Girls move as a unity.” — Cecilie Bahnsen
“For me, kindness is a priority. It’s how we treat ourselves, others, and nature. It’s should sit at the core of all our relationships. I do believe that humans find their greatest joy in helping others. Sometimes we just need a reminder. We hope that this t-shirt can be just that.” — Roxanne Assoulin