Mary J. Blige and Catherine Malandrino Collaborate for CharityJune 16th, 2010
Giving back, in style!
Mary J. Blige recently announced she’s dabbling in fashion design–by way of sunglasses–and now the R&B power-voice has her first fashion show under her belt! In perhaps one of her most interesting collabs, Mary joined forces with designer Catherine Malandrino to put on a runway show last night of 25 looks including leather jackets, jumpers and dresses at New York’s Museum of Modern Arts. Thickets to the event were $1,000 a seat, but the proceeds will go to the FFAWN (Foundation for the Achievement of Women Now) and help cover college tuition costs for thirty graduates at the Women’s Academy of Excellence in the Bronx.
Mary founded FFAWN in 2008 with a mission to “Inspire women from all walks of life to gain the confidence and skills they need to reach their individual potential” and Catherine Malandrino, a friend of the singer’s for years, sits on the board of directors of the foundation. The duo also produced a line of custom painted T-shirts earlier this year, that benefited the foundation. ”“Mary and I share a very strong sense of heart, faith, soul and life that we bring to our work and hope to share with women across the world. We wanted to design a capsule collection that was fun, accessible and delivers our messages of encouragement in a clear voice,” the designer said on her site. The tunic-style T-shirt line carried phrases like “I’m Free”, ‘I’m Love”, “I’m Power”, “I’m Good.”
FFAWN+Catherine Malandrino charity shirt, $39; exclusively at Bloomingdales.
Women use their powers for good while staying fly, what could be better!?
For more information on FFAWN visit: FFAWN.org.