Tory Burch designs limited edition T-shirt to encourage voting

Tory Burch has designed a limited edition T-shirt in a bid to encourage more U.S. citizens to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.The garment is emblazoned with the word ‘Vote’ in funky multicoloured lettering, and all net proceeds with go towards B…

Tory Burch has designed a limited edition T-shirt in a bid to encourage more U.S. citizens to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

The garment is emblazoned with the word ‘Vote’ in funky multicoloured lettering, and all net proceeds with go towards Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi’s Eighteen x 18 youth group and its upcoming summit, which will be rallying young people together from across the nation for its #WeVoteNext Summit in Los Angeles on 29 September (18).

With reportedly just under 37 per cent voter turnout in 2014 – the lowest figure since World War II – Burch was compelled to do something to inspire the Millennial generation of potential voters.

“Voting is an issue I care passionately about. It is a pillar of our democracy and something we can never take for granted,” the designer explained to WWD. “We need to do what we can to ensure that everyone registers and makes it to the polls. I’m thrilled that our T-shirt will benefit Yara’s innovative efforts to bring younger voters into the conversation. It’s not about political affiliation, it’s about having a voice.”

The shirts will be sold from 18 September at $68 (£52), and available to purchase from all Tory Burch stores and via Shopbop.com. It can already be bought from the fashion house’s official website.

Burch has a history of inspiring political participation and has also launched an #ownyourvote social media campaign. Prior to the 2016 elections, the 52-year-old wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal voicing her support of initiatives intended to make voting more accessible. She allows her own employees time away from work so that they can go to the polls, and also encouraged other businesses to adopt the same policy in order to recognise and celebrate the importance of voting.

Last week, the fashion house presented its spring/summer 2019 collection as part of New York Fashion Week, which consisted of neutral shirt dresses and chic striped detailing.

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Jeremy Scott champions throwback graphics for spring 2019

Jeremy Scott delivered a collection full of vibrant graphics and clever throwbacks for spring 2019.The designer showcased his latest line on Thursday night (06Sep18) at Spring Studios in New York City, where the front row was graces by the likes of Gig…

Jeremy Scott delivered a collection full of vibrant graphics and clever throwbacks for spring 2019.

The designer showcased his latest line on Thursday night (06Sep18) at Spring Studios in New York City, where the front row was graces by the likes of Gigi Hadid, Paris Jackson and Tiffany Haddish. And the crowd was treated to a ’90s offering full of oversized slogans, cartoon characters and images of Jeremy Scott himself.

“It was inspired by my old Polaroids,” he told Tampa Bay Times. “All the different elements where I’m experimenting with looks on myself, things that we were doing in 1996, a time before gender fluidity was a term.”

The presentation kicked off with flashes of neon orange across oversized sweatshirts, PVC jumpsuits and surfer shirts, which were given a hedonistic edgy twist with bold colourful embroideries, depicting words like ‘Riot’ ‘Sex’ and ‘Power’. These prominent words were also splashed across garments including a camo-print mini skirt, a khaki geometric cross body bag and skin-tight T-shirts.

The fun cartoon theme was expanded on further into the collection thanks to the inclusion of iconic characters such as Pokemon’s Pikachu, who was featured on neon pink and baby blue sweatshirts – one of which was modelled by Migos star Offset, whose wife Cardi B cheered him on in the FROW as he made his modelling debut.

Scott also took his Polaroid inspiration literally by incorporating images of his own face into the designs. Pictures of the 43-year-old in his younger years were splashed over T-shirts and hoodies, while multiple photographs were tiled across a white mini skirt, and a long-sleeved, ankle length dress.

“Often we have muses for our fashion. I decided I was my own muse this season,” he smiled.

New York Fashion Week continues on Friday with shows by fashion houses including Tory Burch.

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Anna Wintour and Vera Wang’s friendship is about more than fashion

Anna Wintour is a close confidant of Vera Wang, with the pair often discussing a lot more than just fashion.In 2013, the two style stars teamed up to establish the New York-Presbyterian Youth Anxiety Center, in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical …

Anna Wintour is a close confidant of Vera Wang, with the pair often discussing a lot more than just fashion.

In 2013, the two style stars teamed up to establish the New York-Presbyterian Youth Anxiety Center, in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Tory Burch, Tommy Hilfiger, Tamara Mellon, Ralph Lauren and the late Oscar de la Renta were among the founding committee members, and on Monday night (18Jun18), numerous names from the fashion world attended a benefit to raise awareness about youth anxiety.

“I’ve confided in Anna for years – not about fashion, necessarily, but about being mothers,” Wang said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s no handbook for raising children, and more than ever, kids are thrown into this competitive world, a desire for marks, a desire to get into a good college. It’s challenging when kids get lost.”

While U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour expressed a similar sentiment.

“Vera and I both have children the same age, and once they become teenagers and go off to college, it can be such a difficult age – they look grown up and are meant to act grown up, but they’re not,” she added. “We heard a lot of stories about kids going off to college and not being able to cope because they lost their support structure, as well as how much stigma remains around mental health. We wanted to make it a much more open discussion and help this particular age group.”

Michael Kors, a longtime supporter of the Youth Anxiety Center, his husband Lance LePere, designer Zac Posen and Wintour’s daughter Bee Shaffer were also in attendance at the event, held at New York’s Cafe Clover.

And Tony-nominated actor Joshua Henry provided the entertainment.

“All of us have to find a way to deal with a life that is too hectic, too plugged in, a world that’s upside-down and dispensing constant information,” Kors said. “For my husband and I, we escape to the theatre, a place where the phone has to be turned off, and we can be transported to another world.”

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