Artisans from India, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, and Peru w/ model Cameron Russell (fourth from left)
As the United Nations General Assembly has kicked off its 69th session, the headquarters and neighboring venues have been hosting various high-profile events. One of the main focuses of the current session is Women Empowerment, led by UN Women, their officials, and other speakers.
Producer & LDNY Foundation Founder June Sarpong and model David Agbodjiv
In the spirit of entrepreneurship, the Women Empowering Women Luncheon & Fashion Show launched as the premier event of the LDNY (London New York) Festival, a month-long event that is set to bring the culture of London stateside, and vice-versa. The luncheon and fashion show, backed by the UN and held in conjunction with ITC (International Trade Centre) and the LDNY Foundation, served as a platform of collaboration between selected female artisans/entrepreneurs from around the globe and fashion students from Parsons and the London College of Fashion. Fashion GPS served as the tech partner, whose technology was used to check in all guests.
Creative Director of Malone Souliers Mary Alice Malone (L) and Managing Director of Malone Souliers Roy Luwolt
Together, the students collaborated with the artisans on their collections, whether it be actual textiles, knits, hand-embroidery, or beading. In addition to these collections, the artisans showed their own lines as well, that best exemplified their craft. Countries represented included Peru, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Palestine, Mongolia, and India. Shoes were provided by Malone Souliers, a boutique ladies shoe brand based in London, founded by Americans Mary Alice Malone, and Roy Luwolt.
Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Distinguished speakers included Gina Casar, Associated Administrator of UNDP, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, Cherie Blair (wife of former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair), Ban Soon-taek, wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Cameron Russell, supermodel and leading supporter of ITC’s women empowerment initiatives.
I volunteered at the event for an organization called Agent Of Change, who organize and manage events that connect the people who want to change the world with the people that do. I was truly humbled to be in a space with so many powerful, talented, and enterprising women, and I was delighted to be a part of the event, which was the first fashion show to ever be held at the United Nations.
The presentation featured so many beautiful, thoughtful looks, so I wanted to share my favorite four women’s looks, and my favor four men’s looks of the afternoon. Unfortunately, I do not have a detailed rundown of the designers and artisans and whom contributed to each look below, but I hope the gorgeous photos will suffice.
ITC designers, student designers, event organizers, and UN officials
The collections are being housed in the Joey Showroom in NYC for wholesale opportunities. Truly inspiring!
You may watch the full video of the Women Empowering Women Luncheon & Fashion Show here.
*Photos courtesy of GETTY IMAGES