February’s British Vogue connects a range of Smart Sensuality dots, giving us a great example of the fresh direction of fashion with conscience.
In a gorgeous multi-page editorial “Under Her Spell” Natalia Vodianova raises awareness for her charity, Naked Heart Foundation, which builds playground parks for Russian children in a multi-page editorial.
We’re entering an era where it’s almost mandatory for celebs — and that includes fashion models — to be visibly associated with some charity. The me-me-me, am-I-spectacular-or-what focus of celebrities is over.
As the real meaning of the fall of Lehman Brothers sinks in, along with the massive redistribution of wealth in America in the last decade, and what many countries are touting as the failure of American-style capitalism to improve their lives, celebs must look like they care for something beyond their own pampering.
Marissa Buckanoff, the chief of Unicef’s celebrity relations and partnership section in New York, pointing out that humanitarian work is now seen as a celebrity duty, regardless of whether the fame comes from music, movies or fashion. via NYTimes
In “Under Her Spell” Natalia Vodianova models dresses specially made by labels such as Chanel, Valentino and Prada, that will be auctioned off at a fund raising event this April with proceeds going towards Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation.
Foundations and poor people can’t live without the couture crowd. Smart Sensuality thinking bridges this gap, making ‘doing good’ a duty and not a gift of charity. The new think in philanthropy centers on effectivess for both the charity and the celeb in the limelight.
Everyone is tired of fluff. Talk is cheap; what are the results?
Being the fashion director for a moment, I acknowledge that British fashion is always eccentric, making the “Under Her Spell” editorial somewhat predictable in spirit. However, goddess worship and female principles are popping up everywhere in design.
Next week Anne of Carversville will launch a serious-minded blog devoted to a rich intellectual discussion of right-brain, paradigm-changing female-centric thinking. Millions of thoughtful people have reached the absolute conclusion that “it’s now or never”, regarding the future of our world.
Even Howard Buffett agrees that the forces of global poverty and human suffering and need are so strong that soon we cannot turn back from what promises to be a catastrophe of human civilization — or lack of it.
Fashion and media must adjust to this new thinking. An excellent example of a style/model website trying to articulate this change is Modelina.com, who now maintains a charity channel. We applaud efforts like Modelina’s. Anne
More “Under Her Spell” photos: Fashion Gone Rogue