Joseph Altuzarra is putting his Fall/Winter 2017 runway show to good use. The New York-based brand has announced that it is auctioning off a pair of tickets to its upcoming show during New York Fashion Week with all proceeds to be donated directly to Planned Parenthood. According to an announcement posted on the brand’s Instagram account on Monday: “We stand with Planned Parenthood.”
Widespread efforts to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health services both in the United States and globally, come on the heels of President Trump’s January executive order barring federal funds from organizations that promote abortion around the world, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, in what activists say is the president’s first major pro-life action while in office.
And Paris-born, New York-based Altuzarra's support for the cause makes a lot of sense. The young design darling, whose brand caught the eyes of Gucci's parent company, Kering, in 2013, has not shied from the political spotlight. He was a favorite of former First Lady Michelle Obama during her eight years in the White House and was a staunch supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during her campaign. Still yet, he has been particularly vocal designer when it comes to dressing Melania Trump following the recent presidential election, telling the New York Times earlier this year: “I don’t want to not dress people I disagree with.”
As such, his latest foray into political/social causes is seemingly very on-brand. If you are interested in participating in the auction, it begins on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 12:00pm EST and concludes Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm EST. According to the auction instructions, “The winning lot in the Auction will consist of two tickets, which are each valid for 1 person per ticket. If you wish to participate in the auction as a bidder, please send your bid via email to email@example.com.” As for the brand's runway show, it takes place on Sunday, February 12th at 8:00 pm.
In terms of the fashion industry at large - which has come under fire over the past week or so, in particular, for failing to take a public stance against the Trump administration’s January 27th executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States has had diplomatic and legal reverberations - it seems Planned Parenthood is one of its causes of choice.
As WWD noted this week, the Council of Fashion Designers of America is making its efforts known by partnering with Planned Parenthood and distributing bright pink buttons that read 'Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood' to NYFW participants and encouraging them to wear them to shows and document them on social media. According to the New York-based trade group, $5 will be donated to Planned Parenthood each time a photo of the pin with #IStandWithPP is shared on social media.
More than 40 designers and brands have agreed to participate in the initiative - one that largely centers on raising awareness rather than money - including Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Cushnie et Ochs, Public School, Jonathan Simkhai, Kate Spade New York, Rosetta Getty, Proenza Schouler, Mara Hoffman, Narciso Rodriguez, Milly, Prabal Gurung, Tory Burch and Zac Posen.
And the push has even made its way onto the runway. The New York-based menswear brand, By Robert James, which showed during last week's New York Fashion Week Men's events, put models on the runway bearing signs, including one that read, “Planned Parenthood Saves Lives.”