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Fashion with Heart: Vancouver’s Obakki Foundation Brings Water to South Sudan

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Image: Courtesy of the Obakki Foundation

What if you could actually help someone by shopping? Vancouver’s Obakki Foundation has started its Scarves For Water program, launching a new limited-edition ORCHID scarf ($29). Proceeds from the sale of each scarf will go toward building a water well in Ronga, a remote village in South Sudan.

Obakki Foundation founder Treana Peake visited Ronga recently and was inspired to do something to help once she learned that the people in this village have little to no access to clean, running water and have to get it across the border in another county: A conflict zone where retaliation killings and sexual assaults are all too common.

With every 500 scarves sold, a well is built in an identified village in South Sudan. One hundred percent of the net proceeds of each scarf goes toward building a well in its identified community and the Obakki Foundation gives 100 percent of all public donations directly to its projects. Now that’s the kind of fashion company we can get behind.

Scarves Sold By The Obakki Foundation Bring Water To Villages In Sudan

Image: Courtesy of the Obakki Foundation

To date, the Obakki Foundation has provided medical, educational and nutritional support to thousands of children living around the world. More than 703 water wells in South Sudan have been drilled or rehabilitated to help reach the charity’s goal: one million people with access to clean water.

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Merriam-Webster Adds Emoji, NSFW, WTF and More to the Dictionary

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As language evolves, so does the dictionary, which is why Merriam-Webster is announcing the newest additions to its famed reference tome. Many of the new words refer to tech or Internet-related phenomena, including emoji, which we would have liked to see entered in the dictionary with actual emoji characters. But you know, baby steps. 

Included in the selection of Internet words, clickbait, meme, photobomb, click fraud, NSFW and the humble WTF are among the 1,700 new entries added to the dictionary. Other additions include vocal fry (the Kardashians’ preferred tone of communication), macaron (fashion’s once-preferred snack), crema, chilaquiles, Lambrusco and oh, there it is: we’re hungry now.

Some of the words added don’t even sound like words we’ve ever heard, but perhaps we’re just not in the loop with all the cool kids hunting colossal squid or misappropriating phrases like “at a loss for words” for eggcorns like “at a lost for words.”

But at least you can go to bed tonight knowing that the dictionary has officially legitimized all the tech jargon you use every day. Photobomb away!

[via Merriam-Webster]

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Forbes List of America’s Richest Self-Made Women Includes Lots of Fashion People

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Forbes is all about the ladies today. The magazine released its list of 100 most powerful women in the world, which includes fashionable names like Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch. Forbes also highlights on a separate list, 50 of America’s richest self-made women, many of whom – surprise – made their fortune off fashion.

Coming in at #3 on the list is Gap co-founder Doris Fisher, who is worth $3.1 billion, followed by Forever 21 co-founder Jin Sook Chang, who is worth about the same amount. Sara Blakeley’s Spanx fortune puts her at $1 billion and #17, neck and neck with Tory Burch. Donna Karan comes in at #31 with a $450 million net worth, tied with another legend in fashion design, Diane von Furstenberg. Vera Wang’s $400 million net worth puts her at #34 on the list.

Though many of the people occupying the upper echelons of the business side of fashion are men, it is wonderful to see women in charge and building their companies into the powerhouses they are today. These ladies are sitting on fortunes they amassed on their own, which is definitely giving us some girl-power feelings. 

[via Forbes

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Chinese Customers Are Enjoying Gucci’s Latest Sale

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Gucci is shedding all signs of Frida Giannini, a process that’s been sped up thanks to this epic Gucci sale happening in China. According to Business of Fashion, shoppers in China have been enjoying up to 50 percent off Gucci wares designed under Giannini’s direction. People have reportedly been lining up in front of the Italian label’s location at Shanghai’s International Finance Center in the wee hours of the morning to be first to pick up the coveted goods at discounted prices.

China recently decreased its import tariffs on clothes and shoes, presenting another incentive for shoppers to take advantage of the discounts – and part of the reason behind the feeding frenzy. The sale seems to come at a great time for the label, which is trying to move into a new era under creative director Alessandro Michele. “Bizzarri [Gucci’s CEO] is clearing inventory from the previous collection, as Gucci is looking forward to turning the page on Frida Giannini,” analyst Luca Solca told Business of Fashion. “Gucci needs a new direction and some correction — I consider this inevitable.”

But don’t be too jealous of the big Chinese Gucci sale. The rest of us can browse Neiman Marcus’ designer sale to get our hands on some discounted Gucci goodies. 

[via Business of Fashion]

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Blake Lively Designed a Dress for Preserve

Actress, mother, budding lifestyle guru and now, designer. Blake Lively is joining the storied tradition of celebrities designing things, taking to Instagram to announce her latest collaboration. Lively has teamed with indie label Amour Vert, a San Francisco-based eco-conscious line Lively sells on her Preserve website. 


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Lively showed off her co-designed creation: a sleeveless silk sundress with a tie-front top attached to a pink printed skirt. “I may not be able to draw worth a lick, but I am proud of this dress I co-designed with Amour Vert for@preserve_us,” Lively captioned the post. The frock, called the “Champagne Dress” is already available for pre-order on the Preserve website for $230. 

The dress isn’t shipping until early June, but that’s plenty of time to get your hands on it before the summer officially starts. 

[via @blakelively]

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Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Anna Wintour Make Forbes List of Most Powerful Women

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Forbes has released its list of the world’s most powerful women for 2015. Of course, you’ll find names like Hillary Clinton (#2) and Oprah Winfrey (#12), but one of this year’s newbies on the list is Taylor Swift, who has arguably been having the best year ever since releasing her 1989 album in October. Swift comes in at #64, with Forbes giving her props for being one of three artists to see their albums reach platinum status in 2014. It also doesn’t hurt that Swift has been quite savvy about her money and intellectual property, having removed her music from Spotify’s free streaming service. 

Beyoncé, who inspires and influences us each and every day with her glorious existence, comes in at #21. No list of influential women would be complete without a few notable members of the fashion set. Anna Wintour (#28), Tory Burch (#73), Diane von Furstenberg (#75), Miuccia Prada (#79) and Sara Blakley (#91) round out this list of influencers. Ellen Degeneres (#50) also gets a mention thanks in part to the ED lifestyle brand she’s expected to launch soon. 

Talk about ladies doing it all! 

[via Forbes

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