International Women’s Day 2018: 10 Statement Pieces Designed by Women

For International Women’s Day, many women fashion designers have created pieces that raise money for female-focused causes. Labels like Lingua Franca and La Ligne, for example, created message-emblazoned knitwear that benefits Alliance for Quality Education and Time’s Up, respectively, while brands like Milly and Oeuf made pieces for powerful that raise money for Girls Inc. and Sanctuary for Families. This year, Elizabeth Arden is revisiting the brand’s own history (the founder, after all, marched down New York City’s 5th Avenue in 1912 demanding equality and the right to vote) by launching a new lipstick with Reese Witherspoon, the formidable actress, producer, and founder of Time’s Up; and the haute fashion retailer Net-a-Porter invited six designers to create custom tees celebrating the special day, with Stella McCartney, Bella Freud, and Rosie Assoulin all getting in on the action. There is still so much work left to be done, and there has never been a better time to fill your closet with pieces that do good. Here are the top 10 to buy in celebration of International Women’s Day.

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Naomi Campbell in W; photographed by Steven Klein.


Net-a-Porter teamed up with six designers (and famous friends like Tracee Ellis Ross, Dakota Fanning, and Viola Davis) to promote awareness for International Women’s Day. Each designer has created a T-shirt celebrating women, with a portion of the proceeds going to Women for Women International. Rosie Assoulin T-shirt, $195,


Alala partnered with the organization Equal Meals Equal on this limited-edition hoodie. Alala sweatshirt, $69,


It’s safe to say that young girls shouldn’t miss out on celebrating International Women’s Day. Oeuf has created T-shirts declaring “girls are strong” in sizes 6 months to 6 years, with 100 percent of sale proceeds going to Sanctuary for Families. Oeuf T-shirt, $38,


For International Women’s Day, the label Lingua Franca created a sweater that reads, “You Don’t Own Me.” $100 from each sale proceeds go to the Resistance Revival Chorus and the Alliance for Quality Education. Lingua Franca knit, $380,


Milly created a special capsule collection with Girls Inc. of New York City to promote girl power on International Women’s Day and every day, with 20 percent of the proceeds going directly to the organization. Milly pouch, $45,


Madewell is celebrating International Women’s Day with a reading and book singing of Little Book of Feminist Saints, and offering “sips, snacks, and shopping,” at all Madewell locations on March 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 25 percent of sales from the evening events in all stores will go to benefit Girls Inc. Little Book of Feminist Saints, $18,


La Ligne partnered with the artist and activist Cleo Wade on a handwritten T-shirt that reads, “I will tell on you.” Proceeds benefit Time’s Up. La Ligne T-shirt, $35, on sale from March 8


In 1912, the beauty entrepreneur Elizabeth Arden herself marched down 5th Avenue demanding equality, and handed out red lipsticks to fellow suffragettes along the way. Today the beauty brand teamed up with the actress Reese Witherspoon to launch a limited-edition red lipstick with 100 percent of proceeds going to UN Women. Elizabeth Arden lipstick, $27,


Tory Burch’s Embrace Ambition bracelet is made of colored silk thread and brass charm, and all proceeds benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which supports female entrepreneurs. Tory Burch, Embrace Ambition Bracelet, $30,


It is always a good time to support Planned Parenthood. This International Women’s Day, you can either make a direct donation or scoop up this hat, which is a better take on you-know-who’s mantra. Planned Parenthood hat, $18,