Of The Moment: DVF x IWD Event Day 2
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DVF celebrates International Women's Day...Everything you need to know about day 2 of our events.

March 8th, 2018

Of The Moment: DVF x IWD Event Day 2

9:30am: “Owning Your Narrative: Female Authors and Essayists on The Importance of Telling Your Own Story”

Today officially marks International Women’s Day, and we could think of no better way to begin the day than with the prolific writers who sat as panelists in our first event. Moderated by political commentator Sally Kohn, the panel featured Sloane Crosley, Anjali Kumar, Cleo Wade, Tiffany Dufu, and Akilah Hughes—all exceptional authors in their own right, but each with a distinct story to tell and different styles of expressing them.

Of The Moment: DVF x IWD Event Day 2
For Sloane, that’s through personal essays steeped in her signature self-deprecating, quick-witted humor. Cleo writes meditative poetry that often reads like short, melodic sips of wisdom, while Akilah’s writing takes shape as humorous reporting. Despite their differences, however, they all kept coming back to the importance of trusting yourself and your own, personal stories.
Of The Moment: DVF x IWD Event Day 2
When they started out writing, Anjali and Akilah were at first reluctant to divulge anything intimate about themselves. But gradually they learned that their most personal stories are, in fact, the thing readers often care most about. Both Sloane and Tiffany touched on the importance of trusting yourself, and Cleo urged us to get them out there: “We shouldn’t have our stories inside of us,” she said. “We should have them out where we can see them, evolve them, and love them.”
Of The Moment: DVF x IWD Event Day 2
Of The Moment: DVF x IWD Event Day 2

10:15am: “Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges with Amy Cuddy”

Our second talk of the morning was by social psychologist Amy Cuddy on her specialty: the power of body language. In addition to giving the audience practical advice—sleep with your limbs expanded in every direction, for instance, to avoid anxiety dreams—Amy also shared some fascinating findings on body language. When someone’s lying, she said, they’ll “get the words right, and the facial expressions will be pretty convincing, but the rest of the body completely falls apart.” The reason? Body language is the only aspect of communication that we’re not urgently conscious of—and when it doesn’t match the emotions being communicated, it will give us away.

Of The Moment: DVF x IWD Event Day 2

House Happenings

Afterwards, guests enjoyed a spot of mid-day shopping and experienced the customization stations, and even some VR-ing; set up in our Meatpacking store until Sunday are two sets of Windows Mixed Reality headsets that transport you to one of two places: our Spring 18 runway show, or all the way to El Salvador to see how the artisans employed by Sequence create their unique products.

Of The Moment: DVF x IWD Event Day 2
Capping off our events for the day was an inspiring lunch on the second floor hosted by Jenna Crespi and Candice Miller of wellness website Mama and Tata. From jewelry designers and mothers to dancers, philanthropists, and fashion designers, Candice and Jenna’s entrepreneurial friends all showed up to show their support.
Of The Moment: DVF x IWD Event Day 2
Which, as Candice emphasized, is of the utmost importance: “Having us all here together is really special,” she said, “particularly because we all support one another. So let’s take this opportunity to learn about what everyone does and figure out how we can help one another become even more elevated in our fields.” Cheers to that.