On 7 March, Disneyland Paris star Minnie Mouse was seen cheering Stella McCartney from the sidelines of the English designer's Paris fashion show, all while sporting a new navy blue tuxedo pantsuit courtesy of McCartney herself. Celebrating International Women's Day and Disneyland Paris' 30th Anniversary, the tailored look, which is the first time Minnie has worn a pantsuit at Disneyland Paris, was made from all responsible materials - classic Stella McCartney style. The suit marks the first in a series of collaborations between Stella McCartney and Disney – including the upcoming Stella Shared unisex capsule - and has been immortalised forevermore by a limited-edition organic cotton t-shirt featuring Minnie Mouse in her new all in time for International Women's Day, Disney style.
Commenting on the partnership, McCartney said in a statement:
'Huge thanks to Disney for having the confidence to let me dress Minnie Mouse in this female-designed and empowered pantsuit to honour Disneyland Paris' 30th Anniversary. I love that this look has created conversation! Disrupting the status quo and moving the world forward is what fashion is all about, and it was an honour to have Minnie at my Winter 2020 runway show – celebrating responsible fashion and International Women's Day!'
The Stella McCartney x Disney's Minnie Mouse t-shirt is priced at £250 and will be available to purchase exclusively at www.stellamccartney.com on 4 March, and Stella McCartney stores globally today, 8 March.
Another brand marking International Women's Day through traditional masculine tailoring with a feminine twist is Harem London. Teaming up with award-winning artist Nelly Ben Hayoun, to support and empower women, Harem London have designed a boiler suit inspired by Ben Hayoun's signature masculine style - a simple yet elegant 70's-collared style that puts functionality at the forefront of a working women's wardrobe. To celebrate the launch, the English label have gathered friends of the brand, including famed painter and SHOWstudio contributor Helen Bullock, styling the garment in their own way, heralding individuality and diversity; tropes that tie women together while simultaneously empowering each and everyone around the world. The brand's signature quote, 'We create clothes for citizens of the world,' couldn't be more profound.
Deciding to mark International Women's Day by giving back to the community is womenswear label 3am Eternal, who have collaborated with stylist Soki Mak on a charity project with all profits going to Refuge, a UK-based women's domestic abuse charity. Donating and transforming rare and unique vintage designer pieces from her own wardrobe, all collected and curated through her styling career, the project includes 30 one-of-a-kind pieces hailing from Fendi, Dior, Lacroix, Westwood and more.
Styled by Soki Mak and shot by Stephanie Sian Smith on location in Marbella, high glamour falls at the centre of the campaign's images, all of which paint personal portraits of real women celebrating the fabulous joy of dressing up. Each of the 30 items within the 3am Eternal x Soki Mak capsule will be exclusively available to buy at 3am-eternal.com.
Lastly but certainly not least to partake in fashion's International Women's Day commemorations is Gucci, who are continuing with their five-year commitment through CHIME FOR CHANGE to UN Women's Generation Equality Action Coalitions, supporting diverse feminist movements around the world. Under the banner CHIME FOR CHANGE, Gucci's capsule includes a t-shirt and a baseball cap - the two chosen items representing Generation Equality - reinforcing the urgency for Gucci's accelerated progress toward a gender-equal future.
'As Gucci begins its second century, our commitment to a world that is more equal and inclusive is growing even stronger,' said Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci. 'We at Gucci proudly embrace the values and the action plans brought forward by Generation Equality to accelerate progress for gender equality. With our campaign CHIME FOR CHANGE we stand together to support the next generation fighting for freedom, equality and respect.'
Not only are they continuing to pledge notions that create a fairer world through their self-founded global campaign CHIME FOR CHANGE, Gucci will also donate to various feminist organisations and movements led by all kinds of women (and girls) worldwide for Women's Day. Setting in motion a podcast series on the topics of gender equality too, CHIME FOR CHANGE will monitor conversations that will centre around inclusive gender justice, youth activism, the intersection of art and activism, and more. All podcast episodes and their transcripts will live on gucci.com while organisations Gucci will be donating to include Women Enabled International, Global Fund for Women, Young Feminist Europe, OutRightAction International, Asamblea Nacional Política de Mujeres Indígenas, Diverse Voices & Action for Equality, Enlace Continental de Mujeres Indígenas, and UN Women Japan.
For a brand that's always looked beyond gender under creative director Alessandro Michele's leadership, International Women's Day serves as a reminder to the house of Gucci that gender and gender equality are concepts that still require a lot of work if we want to push through and assert a new type of identity for all - one associated with freedom, empowerment and self-expression.