Robin Wright Talks 'House of Cards' Finale, Pour Les Femmes Clothing Project For Porter Edit August 31, 2018

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Robin Wright Talks 'House of Cards' Finale, Pour Les Femmes Clothing Project For Porter Edit August 31, 2018

'House of Cards' star, activist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, mom and newlywed Robin Wright covers the August 31 issue of Porter Edit. Helen Broadfoot styles Wright in relaxed, casual looks including multiple selections from Pour Les Femmesher new clothing project inspired by Wright's first trip to the Congo over 10 years ago.  Lensed by Boo George, Robin Wright will be spending plenty of time in Paris, having married Clément Giraudet, Saint Laurent VIP relations manager in mid-August.  

The interview spends too much time on the disgraced Kevin Spacey -- although the dialogue is worth the read -- and not enough time on the women in the Congo, people far more important to Robin Wright than the former star president of 'House of Cards'.

AOC has covered all the topics in Wright's reflection on her involvement in the Congo. While we pull them together, the humanitarian activist reflects on her socially conscious clothing line Pour les Femmes:

The story behind the brand is pretty powerful: inspired by a trip to Congo over 10 years ago, Wright started the company with her friend Karen Fowler to provide economic opportunities – and a skilled trade in sewing – for women in conflict zones around the world. The range consists largely of pajamas, partly because both of them love to sleep (“I wish I could sleep like a teenager. But I love being in bed, working in bed, watching movies in bed,” says Wright), but also because pajamas represent comfort and security, which women in war-torn regions rarely have. “Buy our pajamas because you are helping a woman start her life again after being raped repeatedly,” she says, frankly. “It’s pretty simple.”

Dior Launches 'Joy' With Jennifer Lawrence As Face Behind Its Third Pillar Fragrance


Joy' by Dior is a big deal for the luxury house, becoming its third pillar fragrance for women, following Miss Dior (launched in 1947) and J'Adore Dior (1999). Consider a pillar fragrance the mother goddess brand -- Gaia, if you will -- from which all streams flow. The subbrands are like children: J'Adore Dior gave birth to J'Adore L'Or and J'Adore L'Absolu. 

Everything about Joy by Dior is aimed at millennials. “The company had evolved and grown on these two pillars,” said Claude Martinez, chief executive officer of Parfums Christian Dior. “And, three years ago, we felt it was about time to add another one that appealed to the next generation of consumers. … The new generation in Europe and the U.S. — people in their 20s, I’m talking about — are not that much in favor of fragrances. They are disconnected. A brand like Dior needs to be able to talk to them.”

Jennifer Lawrence is the perfect face, says Martinez. "She's very spontaneous . . . She can be laughing one second and crying the next. . . . Joy doesn't last forever. It can disappear as fast as it appears" and for us, Jennifer "is the true incarnation of this joy."

Lawrence had a hand in shaping the new Dior scent according to the man who created it. “It was about six months into the project when she came to visit the laboratory,” said François Demachy, the Parfums Christian Dior perfumer-creator. 

Chopard Adds Sustainable Garden of Paradise Fragrances To Growing Green Credentials

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Chopard Adds Sustainable Garden of Paradise Fragrances To Growing Green Credentials

The Financial Times How To Spend It Magazine turns our focus to eco-perfumes and an interesting entry into the fragrance category by watchmaker and jeweler Chopard's Garden of Paradise fragrances. 

Chopard was the first watchmaker and jeweller in the world to enable small scale mining communities to reach Fairmined certification as well as provide training, social welfare and environmental support. With a multi-year track record of high credibility in the sustainability sector, Chopard reaffirms its commitment to honoring both the earth and its everyday laborers toiling for the luxury market by introducing the first perfumes composed of ingredients from the Naturals Together programme.

Chopard first stepped out in the sustainable luxury sector at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival with the launch of the High Jewellery Green Carpet Collection, guided by Caroline Scheufele in partnership with Eco-Age and its creative Director Livia Firth. 

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank Rules That Colin Kaepernick NFL Collusion Case Will Proceed

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Arbitrator Stephen Burbank Rules That Colin Kaepernick NFL Collusion Case Will Proceed

New York Magazine reports that on Thursday an arbitrator rejected the NFL's request to dismiss Colin Kaepernick's collusion grievance against the National Football League. As a result, the case will move to a trial-like hearing not open to the public. 

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled that Kaepernick has enough evidence to pursue his claim that NFL owners have acted in collusion against him in not hiring him to play in the league. Kaepernick is seeking damages equal to what he would have earned if he were still playing in the league. Kaepernick could be awarded compensatory damages for the pay he lost due to collusion, in addition to punitive damages, potentially totaling tens of millions of dollars.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback began protesting police violence against African Americans by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. The protest action created enormous criticism from President Trump, even though taking a knee is a historical form of civil rights protests, and the national anthem was not part of NFL proceedings until the US military became a major NFL sponsor. 

French Open Bans Serena Williams From Wearing Life-Saving, Anti-Blood Clot Catsuit


French Open Bans Serena Williams From Wearing Life-Saving, Anti-Blood Clot Catsuit

Serena Williams wasn't trying to be some slutty woman of color when she wore her black Nike catsuit before dropping out of the 2018 French Open with an injury. Williams dealt with a life-threatening, post-pregnancy blot clot scare in 2017.  The G.O.A.T. dedicated her ultimate power suit to "all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy" on Instagram. 

Serena agreed that the design was a partial nod to 'Black Panther'. "I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit." The French Tennis Federation will have no more Wakanda-inspired dress on its professional tennis courts, banning Serena -- or any of her wannabes -- from wearing similar sartorial outfits in the future.

Bernard Giudicelli, the president of the French Tennis Federation, told Tennis magazine her catsuit was specifically a problem. “It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place,” he said. “I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far.”

Just to be clear, Williams' suit had a potentially live-saving functionality. As a full-body compression garment, it was designed to help with blood clots, a life-threatening health issue Serena's dealt with frequently. Williams was sidelined for a year, with several blod clots in both lungs in 2011. And when she was giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, last year, she had a pulmonary embolism that could have killed her. It was only her own knowledge of these life-threatening problems that demanded medical action when doctors and nurses were oblivious to what was happening.

“I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don’t know how many I have had in the past 12 months. So it is definitely a little functionality to it,” Williams said of the suit. “I have been wearing pants in general a lot when I play, so I can keep the blood circulation going. It’s a fun suit but it’s also functional, so I can be able to play without any problems.”

Giudicelli said the rules won’t be as strict as Wimbledon, which makes everyone wear white, but they will be asking designers to give them an advance look at designs for players and will “impose certain limits.”

A Sexy Hailey Baldwin Sends Vogue Mexico Balenciaga Message For UN World Food Programme


A Sexy Hailey Baldwin Sends Vogue Mexico Balenciaga Message For UN World Food Programme

On the heels of my comments on the new VS 'Tease Rebel' fragrance campaign, Hailey Baldwin drops into the pages of Vogue Mexico's September 2018 issue. It's a perfect setup to ask: What's sexy now?

Hailey's wearing a Balenciaga hoodie with the WFP logo is part of that conversation, one that AOC has engaged around with readers for a decade: : the rise of  Smart Sensuality Women who are smart, sexy and have great heart. 

When Demna Gvasalia became creative director of Balenciaga, one of his first moves was to unveil a partnership with the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, the World Food Programme. Vice wrote: "Rooted in Balenciaga’s conviction to be a pacemaker for positive change, this partnership uses fashion to engage global consumers with the issue of hunger and to raise awareness of the World Food Programme‘s work in emergencies and with local communities to build resilience."

“It’s about using fashion as a tool of communication,” Gvasalia explained post-show while wearing a co-branded WFP logo-adorned cap with its ‘Saving Lives, Changing Lives’ slogan written on its side. “Now as a designer, if I create a graphic, it has to mean more,” he added.

“We consider this partnership to be an important step in making fashion useful in a different way and supporting good causes with our products whenever possible.”

In no way am I suggesting that Victoria's Secret should strike a partnership with the UN. But they need to strike a partnership around a genuine values set that resonates with a very changing branding landscape. Hailey Baldwin may be flashing a priceless engagement ring in these sensual images but she's also embracing a larger set of humanitarian values under assault worldwide.

Hailey is styled by Celia Azoulay in casual denim and cozy sweater looks lensed by Bjorn Iooss. / Hair by Joey George; makeup by Fulvia Farolfi.