How is Charlize Theron getting ready to present at Sunday’s Academy Awards? “This is how I’m getting ready, start with the heart,” the actress told InStyle.com during a private dinner at the recently-opened TOMS flagship store in Venice. During the height of Oscars weekend, together with TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie, the pair celebrated the launch of the third collaboration between the charitable shoe brand (for each pair bought, one is given to a child in need) and the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), which focuses on keeping African youth safe from HIV/AIDS. “Blake, I’m not ever going to get married, but this is the closest I’m going to get to a marriage that actually works,” Theron joked. “Your team and your long-term commitment to us has been so amazing.” And their collaboration expanded: For the third go-around of the limited-edition footwear (in stores and toms.com next month), they created another women’s shoe, and a matching child pair, too—a natural evolution given that Theron’s son Jackson, loves to wear TOMS and the recently-married Mycoskie is planning to expand his family soon. “I think I have every style of TOMS that my son is wearing, yes, and he has these,” she said of the new style, which features the sun-inspired white and yellow CTAOP logo and the organization’s motto, Reach Out, Think Beyond, and Look Within scrawled inside. Theron credits her team for the design; for her, it’s all about the heart of the issue: “There is nothing that moves me as much as having these crates of shoes show up at schools in the middle of nowhere,” Theron said. “I invite anyone to come and try not to be emotional about it. It really is incredible.”
Here’s a lovely thought for Valentine’s Day: Designers have a new way to give back—and you can help, too! Today is the launch of Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts, an initiative in which over 160 designers in the Council for American Fashion Designers will decorate custom papier-mâché hearts with their signature flair. Each heart will then be auctioned off on eBay.com—from April 22 through May 2—to raise money for the Haitian Artisan Project within Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, which is dedicated to creating jobs and enhancing education of Haiti’s artisans. “Change can only occur when people come together,” Karan told InStyle.com exclusively. “I am excited to see so many of my friends and CFDA designers use these hearts as a blank canvas for their unique creative expression to raise money. Together, we believe in the brilliant artistry of a country filled with some of the most creative people I have ever met.” The designers involved—a list that includes CFDA President Diane Von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, and Oscar de la Renta—are currently working on their designs, building upon a heart that was designed by Haitian artist Magali Dresse (shown above). Stay tuned to see the designers’ heart interpretations when the charity auction launches on ebay.com April 22.
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Dynamo designer/wellness advocate Norma Kamali is spearheading a movement to stop objectification—and has Kristen Wiig to thank for it. Following a long-term preoccupation with women’s self-esteem issues, Kamali “saw Bridesmaids and thought, this is the most brilliant movie and the most telling about the culture and what it is that I’m trying to connect to,” she told InStyle.com. “In the beginning when Jon Hamm’s character is objectifying this young woman, who wants to believe that by objectifying herself and mistaking that for love, she will get love from him in the end.” After swapping stories with the women around her about everything from cat calls to workplace sexual harassment, Kamali launched the Stop Objectification site, which gives women a place to submit their own experiences of being objectified. “Tell everybody to just dump those stories,” says the designer. “When you have a secret and you haven’t been doing anything about it, it’s therapeutic to put a picture up and a statement up about who you are—you’re taking a positive, empowered action. We are more than what we look like; we’re a composite of experiences.” Watch her provocative “Hey Baby” video above and get inspired to share.
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Now this is how fashion gives back! The Fashion for Sandy Relief Initiative raised $1.7 million for those who suffered from the Super Storm. The online auction bid off items such as a meet-and-greet with Victoria Beckham, a Tory Burch shopping spree and lunch with the designer, and plenty of other prizes donated by those in the fashion industry. The most popular item? A week-long internship with DKNY PR Girl, which racked up a total of 34 bids.
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UGG Australia is contributing to the recovery efforts of Hurricane Sandy with the release of this new limited-edition “Classic Art & Sole Boot” by donating $10 of each pair sold to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America affected by the storm. The design for is part of UGG’s Art & Sole charitable program—the tenth-anniversary boot, to be exact—and features a puzzle print inspired by Buket Pamuk of Turkey whose artwork won the Art & Sole design contest. “Pamuk’s winning desing was inspired by children, and depicts interesting puzzle pieces with an overlaying message of hope,” the company said in a statement. Pick up the boots for toddlers ($100) and kids ($130) at UGG stores and online at uggaustralia.com.
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Rachel Roy’s collaboration with Deepak Chopra is now available at AHAlife! The partnership materialized after the designer reached out to the world-renowned author/doctor of alternative medicine via Twitter earlier this year. Roy, who cites Deepak Chopra as a constant source or inspiration, was elated when he replied. “For me, getting a response from Deepak was like somebody else getting a response from Madonna. That’s when I asked him for a meeting,” Roy told InStyle.com. The collection includes T-shirts ($40 each) featuring Chopra quotes such as “Ask for nothing less than inspiration” as well as Eastern-inspired handcrafted jewelry like this Sword Stack Ring ($296). The pieces are available exclusively on AHAlife.com for three weeks, with 100 percent of proceeds from sales being donated to the Chopra Foundation. Click through the gallery to see the full collection. Happy shopping!
We love shopping for a cause, and QVC is giving us a good reason to tonight with its FFANY Shoes on Sale special. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST, many of the shoes on qvc.com and on TV will be available for half the manufacturer’s price, with net proceeds benefiting breast cancer research and education, thanks to a special partnership the retailer has with the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation (FFANY). On Monday, Nicole Richie, Kristin Cavallari, and Katrina Bowden got a sneak peek at the shoe sale at the 19th Annual FFANY Shoes on Sale gala in New York City, where Richie’s House of Harlow shoes were snatched up quickly by guests. “I’m so excited people are supporting my dream and supporting my work,” she told InStyle.com. “To be a part of this great cause, I felt it was really important.” Tune in, and happy shoe shopping!
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If you’re on the books for a trim or dramatic crop, cancel your next appointment and head to the salon tonight! Marking Davines’ second annual Sustainable Beauty Day, the hair care company teamed up with over 50 salons nationwide to raise money for The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. Cut and styling services are free of charge today, with salons asking for a minimum donation of $15 toward the cause. Last year, the day raised over $25,000 and helped plant 6,000 fruit trees across Mozambique and in South Africa. “This is a great way to introduce ourselves to some new clients while supporting a great cause,” Gill Hodgson owner of Taboo Hair Salon in Los Angeles told InStyle.com about participating. This year, 100% of profits will fund a fruit tree planting project in Brazil which will serve as a direct food source for in-need communities. Want to get involved? Visit FTPF to see participating salons nationwide.
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