DVF celebrates International Women's Day...Everything you need to know about day 1 of our events.
March 7th, 2018
Tonight marked the beginning of our four-day-long celebration of International Women’s Day—and despite the turbulent storm outside, friends of DVF showed up in droves to show their support, experience our customizations and take a seat to listen to the panels with guest speakers.
Snow was coming down but it didn't stop the fun: “I’m wearing the most inappropriate shoes,” laughed Chelsea Leyland arriving by taxi, while Fran Lebowitz—a New Yorker through and through—arrived on foot.
Among the activations set up on the first floor of our Meatpacking home are four Microsoft Surface Studios that are designed to allow customization on our limited-edition #INCHARGE IWD products, including a beanie and t-shirts, to a sleek canvas tote by Sequence. Guests took selfies on the iconic DVF cube and recorded their own “#INCHARGE” videos in an Om video booth.
6:45pm: "#INCHARGE: Design Your Life"
At 6:45pm, guests headed upstairs to the second floor for our first panel, “#INCHARGE: Design Your Life,” with Diane von Furstenberg, legendary psychotherapist and speaker Esther Perel, multi-disciplinary artist Prune Nourry, model and body positivity activist Paloma Elsesser, and actor and writer Franchesca Ramsey as panelists, and Brooke Baldwin of CNN moderating. Asked what being in charge means to them, Prune said, “Turning dreams into reality.” For Franchesca, social media has been a powerful tool in helping her take control of her story, which she learned quite quickly after her video “Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls” went viral.
Each woman also spoke about how they interpret leadership; for Diane, it’s doing it all: “a career, children, and a man. If you want to have it all—which you should,” she said, “just know that it’s hard work.” Paloma, meanwhile, urged us all to put ourselves in uncomfortable situations because, in the long run, it will benefit us immensely. And Esther Perel—ever a beacon of wisdom—described great leadership as omeone who makes you feel like you matter “every time you’re in their presence.”
7:30pm: "Fear is Not an Option: The Power to Survive"
The following panel, “Fear Is Not An Option: The Power To Survive,” featured the founder and director of South Kivu Women’s Media Association, Chouchou Namegabe; social entrepreneur and CEO of The Empowerment Plan, Veronika Scott; and director of immigration policy at the ACLU, Lorella Praeli. Chouchou, who grew up in Africa and experienced senseless subjugation of women firsthand, told an incredibly moving story about growing up with an abusive father, and the ultimate lesson she learned: that her mother, who endured so much abuse yet refused to let it diminish her dignity, was the embodiment of being in charge.
Lorella spoke of her journey from a closeted undocumented American to the shameless, fearless life she leads today, undocumented and unafraid. And Veronika, whose childhood was steeped in poverty and violence, described how she took her plights and difficulties, and channeled them into doing good and helping others. Her organization, The Empowerment Plan, hires homeless women to produce coats that turn into sleeping bags, giving women and their families the freedom to live normal lives.
Boss ladies? We think so. Check back tomorrow for our next installment.