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Fashion Designers Who Give Back Video

These designers don't just make our world look more beautiful, they make it better.

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For our 15th anniversary issue, what we wanted to do was get 15 designers and work quintessentially Marie Claire who weren't just designing clothes. They were doing something bigger. They have huge initiatives. They were out to change the world.

Fashion that gives back came about in a meeting we're having of our 15th anniversary. Obviously, part of our DNA is charitable causes and so we wanted to link them somehow with all these other great big companies out there who all are very philanthropic, our first choice obviously designers. A lot of designers feel very strongly that they're very privileged. They work in a world of luxury. They're surrounded by beauty, and in that world, they feel this need to give back in some way and what we discovered was that so many of them were doing really meaningful work for charities. Some of them were doing it in high profile campaign. Some of them were doing it quietly.

So we decided that the best way would just sort of pick 15 of our top designers that we work closely with and have them give back by doing a page saluting their top charities.

As Donna Karan put it, she said as a designer she feels like she has always dressed people, and now she feels like she wants to address people and really get the word out of what her cause is.

It's important to me because I think I've been privileged in my life and lucky in a lot of ways to have such an outstanding life, to be able to do the things I've been able to do and think a lot of people have found road blocks or stumbles upon the way, so I think it's important for everyone to always look back and see how fortunate you were always at any level to be able to get back a bit, and I have just always tried to do that.

So for this story for you, each 15 of the designers I reach out to all of them and conducted interviews with them to really get inspirational words of wisdom for them to share with the reader to get people involved in their causes, and you know, Kenneth Cole, I forget his exact quote but it's all in my mind so it's not the shoes that we stand in. It's what we stand for. It was quotes like that from each designer that really it spoke to the fact that they are very invested in the world that we live in.

There are 15 big name models. Actually 18 big name models and their story. These girls have limited time at show season. It was amazing how they got them but we found that there was such an openness and the willingness with all the girls to work with these great designers and because of their charity.

It's 15 years since Marie Claire washed up on the shores of America. We couldn't be more proud, and of course what's exciting is that Marie Claire is really a global brand or 34 different editions spread across the world, and all the magazines are connected to the freedom of women and really fighting for women's rights in a very multi and relevant way, and we couldn't be more excited to have all around it.

I think 15 is Marie Claire.

Hi. This is Jeremy with Marie Claire. We're here in Times Square in preparation for the Victoria Secret fashion show tomorrow night. Heidi is behind me and there's gonna be a lot of angels coming in and out all morning. We're all very excited.

Now the Victoria Secret fashion show is an iconic steeple on the television landscape. We know that it can make or break models. We just are laughing and loving those amazing wings, what the girls wear sort of an angelic like if they come down, and we though Jeremy got exclusive access. We have to find him.

We are here the day before the Victoria Secret fashion show and we're in New York. We're back in New York. I'm so excited.

Super excited. We're here back in New York. You know New York is such a great city and it's kind of where it all started like back in '95 at the Plaza Hotel.

What's next?

Well, I'm gonna be very busy for the next 2 weeks and we're gonna go on a holiday. I'm really Looking forward to that doing nothing and then we're gonna start the Project Runway again.

The Fantasy Bride is always a big deal every year, and there's only one so it's great to be chosen to wear this year.

Oh, I'm so excited for them. It must be such a, I meet so many girls came to the castings in New York and Chicago, LA, Miami, and then those 2 girls. I mean they are so well deserved and I'm so happy that America voted.

It was unreal and they basically bombarded us with makeup and hair right after we had dinner and they're like okay. Well here's your first task and we were just, we dropped on the floor. I couldn't believe it.

Oh they have everything.

To be here until now.

Oh, they're beautiful. They have beautiful bodies. They can talk really well. But now it's all about the runway show.

I'm more excited than I am nervous to be honest with you. I just can't wait for it. It's very nerve-wracking and it's very kind of surreal if you think you know you're standing there like seconds before you have to go out and your heart just pound and your stomach has Butterflies. It's a great feeling though.

Today, we're behind the scenes at the armory the day of the show. There's a lot of nervous tension. Everyone's really excited and pumped, and it's gonna be a great day.

I am a little nervous right now. I think I'll be a lot more nervous for the first show. The second show is a lot easier.

I like the wrong way, It's very, very super [unknown] and there's 4 many different finger and tinker the phone where the model they walk very nice.

Well I have nothing but confidence because this is the moment I've been waiting for forever.

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Look at this ring.

Beautiful.

It's so spectacular and it's all like something precious and handcrafted here. That's what I really think that they do everything here in California. I am doing a play in Los Angeles right now with Megan Mullally, and it's been great. It's just that I haven't done that in years and we've been sold out since week 2.

Yes so it's good. It's good and then I'll be starting on a show soon, but can't say what.

Yes.

This is Jay Godfrey, he used Prada Marc Jacobs, [unknown]

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