Buying designer fashion is something few of us embark on lightly.
There tends to be a pattern of falling in love with a mindblowingly gorgeous bag/jumper/whatever and obsessively stalking it on social media. We convince ourselves of all the ways it could enhance our current wardrobe, nay life. Occasionally, we give in to a devil-may-care credit card splurge, rewarded by a euphoric unboxing, then...bang – we’re hit with a guilty comedown over our luxury consumption.
Now, a group of world-renowned female fashion designers has an antidote: seriously gorgeous exclusive investment pieces that donate 100% of profits to charity.
British-based designers Charlotte Olympia, Alice Temperley, Amanda Wakeley, Mary Katrantzou and Alex Eagle have each designed a limited edition item as part of a collaboration with Women for Women International, which helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives, families and communities.
They have given their time, design skills and resources to the charity’s #SheInspiresMe campaign, which launches to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8 and also follows a month of designers showing their autumn/winter ‘17 collections at Fashion Week.
Katrantzou and Temperley have both chosen to create striking print scarves, while accessories maestro Charlotte Olympia has designed a playful clutch with a sincere message.
As a mother, daughter and sister I want to do my part to make a difference
- Alice TemperleyThere is chic cashmere from Wakeley and a soft linen t-shirt you won’t want to take off by Eagle. Their distinctive designs are inspired by “the strength, resilience and beauty of women”.
All money raised from the items will go to helping women who have suffered bereavement, torture and sexual violence as a result of war. The 24-year-old charity supports female survivors by informing them about their rights, as well as providing key life, vocational and business skills to help them break free from poverty.
Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Women for Women International’s executive director, described the designers as inspirational, and said the campaign “celebrates women everywhere”.
We are incredibly excited to be able to harness the life-changing power of fashion to support the most vulnerable women in the world.
- Brita Fernandez Schmidt
If you’re going to blow the budget on designer fashion, these lot come with a free sample of feel-good...
Alex Eagle Special Edition Raglan Crew Neck
A staple for all seasons, this white and navy lightweight linen jersey has been hand embroidered with a simple red message of ‘Woman’ or ‘Sister’ on the back of the left shoulder especially for the campaign.
£75, Alex Eagle
Temperley London Bibi scarf
A soft pink tasselled scarf with satin stitch embroidery depicting English wildflowers interspersed with Temperley London’s signature leopard print.
£350, Temperley London
Charlotte Olympia Hope clutch
Described as a “vibrant, glittering tribute to feminine radiance and strength” the Hope clutch is a truly iconic keepsake accessory, complete with Olympia’s signature spider clasp.
£695, Charlotte Olympia
Mary Katrantzou Gaia scarf
This graphic print from Katrantzou’s spring/summer ‘17 collection features imagery of Greek Minoan Goddesses and celebrates the empowerment of women throughout history. It’s made from soft modal cashmere and comes with delicate fringing.
£350, Mary Katrantzou
Amanda Wakeley cashmere jumpers
These gorgeous fine-knit cashmere jumpers are embroidered with #SheInspiresMe on the back neck as well as the charity’s logo and come in a choice of grey, black or pink.
£295, Amanda Wakeley