The idea of an It accessory is not foreign to fashion week. In fact, a certain handbag, shoe style, or pair of sunglasses often becomes the item spotted in every street style shot this time of year. But this time around, the piece we’re predicting to dominate so many images from the New York shows will be a pink pin emblazoned with the words "Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood."
As part of an initiative with the Council of Fashion Designers of America and over 40 of its members, the pins are a means of raising awareness and support for an organization that provides critical health services to millions of people across the country and faces possible defunding in this current political climate, according to the press release. As a sign of solidarity, the pins will be distributed and worn by designers taking their final bow, models on the runways, editors running around town attending shows, and staff at any given event.
"Civic responsibility is an important CFDA pillar," says Steven Kolb, the organization's president and CEO. And while a strong presence of pink pins at one of the most photographed events in the world will certainly bring attention to Planned Parenthood, the pins will also come with information for those who wear it on how to truly make a difference through volunteering and fundraising in order to save an organization that's vital to so many Americans.
Make no mistake: This accessory is no fashion statement; it's a civil liberties statement. And with powerhouse designers including Diane von Furstenberg, Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, Prabal Gurung, and Tory Burch already behind the cause, we can expect it's one that will be heard well beyond just New York.
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