Anna Wintour: “Positive is a very valuable commodity now, but I feel something close to pure pleasure in the last few days. There is news about Ralph Lauren, who has become one of the most monumental American fashion figures, donated $ 10 million through his foundation for causes related to coronavirus (including an incredible $ 1 million prize for CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund A Common Thread, which is specifically for American designers affected by this crisis). My emotions, like you, I’m sure, are pretty close to the surface, but I’m not afraid to admit that I broke up with Ralph when he called to give me amazing news about his prize.
And he is not the only one who found a way to help. The fashion industry has gathered its philanthropic energy and is very inspiring to see it. You must read LVMH turn her perfume factory into a free hand sanitizer gel and Dry supplying millions of masks from China. My friend Miuccia Prada has donated ICU beds to the hardest hit Milan hospital; Donatella Versace, Giorgio Armani, Marco Bizzarri, CEO of Gucci, all of whom have donated to Italian hospitals as well. Renzo Rosso has directed the Only the Brave Foundation to help smaller communities in Italy – and there are so many stories. American fashion and beauty companies have also mobilized, made masks, dresses and hand sanitizers. I have never been more proud of our industry.
Speaking of positives, I have thought a Lots about the future lately – not only dreaming of the end of this crisis but trying to imagine all the ways that can change us. There is so much loss and sadness now, but I keep hearing from friends and family members over the phone and FaceTime and I know these weeks of isolation remind us how important our human connections are. It is impossible to accept connections just like that behind us.
And there is creativity – which cannot be covered by a pandemic. The power of creativity is something I think about watching videos that have been sent by American designers to us A Common Thread. Each of these talented designers talk privately about what they experienced, what they did with the sudden moment in their hands, and how they were reminded of what was important. Their stories impressed me that this was a moment for the same reflection, generosity and humanity. I know that we have challenges ahead – and please can everyone remember to stay home and be safe – but I also know we can get through it together, and even find happy moments along the way. “
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