22 leading women in the fashion industry have come together for an incredible cause.
Designers such as Tory Burch, Stella McCarthy, Prada and Celine have designed a collection of women and children’s clothes in order to support Born Free Africa, an HIV/AIDS charity. Available currently on Shopbop.com, the prints were designed by Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu. The designers then put their own interpretation on the prints. Some of the items include handbags, dresses, onesies, bibs and dresses.
This particular initiative is focusing on eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV by December 31, 2015. There are only women designers for the collection, which makes it even more special. “I couldn’t be prouder to be involved, having all the women of the world really coming together saying ‘this is really unacceptable,'” said Donna Karen. “There will be no more AIDS.”
According to Born Free Africa, it takes only one pill a day to prevent the transmission from mother to child, and most of the children affected are living in sub-Saharan Africa. “The fact that you are born in one geographical location or another should not determine whether you live or die,” said Liya Kebede of Lemlem Patio.
It’s absolutely incredible to see these women come together and make a difference. Anna Wintour is also a big advocate, along with Diane von Furtsenberg. MAC AIDS Fund will match dollar for dollar all purchases up to $500,000, and 100% of money from the May and June subscriptions of Vogue will also be donated.