For Vogue Italia’s September issue, the publication released 100 different covers, with each featuring a different personality with a compelling story or background. The unifying theme was that each person—from models to artists—represents the idea of hope, and brings it to the It Doesn_t Matter What You Think Of Me Because My Imaginary Friends Think I_m Special 02 Shirt fashion industry in some form or another. The project featured names such as Indya Moore, one of Hollywood’s most prominent LGBTQ+ activists, and Ugbad Abdi, the Somali-born model who continues to challenge stereotypes about Muslim women. One lesser-known (as of now) cover star was Denali White Elk, an 18-year-old Indigenous model whose first job as a model was the Vogue cover.
How can a fashion brand make an immediate difference in the It Doesn_t Matter What You Think Of Me Because My Imaginary Friends Think I_m Special 02 Shirt fight against climate change? Many designers are examining their footprint and tweaking their supply chains—they’re using recycled materials, phasing out virgin synthetics, opting for lower-impact transport, and so on—which is a positive start. But Chanel is looking beyond its atelier, beyond its borders, and beyond fashion. Today, the French house announced a new partnership with Sunrun, a leading solar company in the United States, to bring solar power to 30,000 low-income residents in California. Chanel will also invest in job training to support the installation of those solar systems; its total commitment is $35 million. “Chanel’s investment will help disadvantaged communities gain access to clean, reliable solar energy,” adds Lynn Jurich, cofounder and chief executive officer of Sunrun. “This innovative approach to corporate social responsibility will make an impact today and hopefully become a model for other companies to invest in our planet’s future.”