all black everything.

Just as I can’t quite pinpoint the exact moment I knew I found I home in yoga, I also can’t really pinpoint the moment I knew fashion was going to be my future. Although I've worked in retail since the day I could legally start working (sooner, actually, I may have fudged the dates on my first application slightly...), I had always wanted to be a physical therapist. To make a long story short, that didn’t happen, and I found myself majoring in strategic communication with no real idea of where I wanted that to take me. Fast forward a couple years later and I was on a plane to Paris to get my Master's in Global Communication - with an emphasis on fashion.

All this is just to say that now, after almost seven years in the fashion industry, I still don't really know how I fell into it to begin with - but nights like last night remind me why I haven't left. I'm sure by now anyone with the internet has noticed that everyone wore all black to the Golden Globes last night. This was an initiative brought forward by the incredible group of powerful Hollywood women that started Time's Up Now - a legal defense fund dedicated to fighting for and supporting gender equality and combating sexual harassment in all industries, for all women. Launched on January 1st of this year, the fund has already received nearly $16 million in donations, and counting. Last night, watching everyone in black swarm the red carpet, I was reminded of just how powerful a statement fashion and clothing can be. You hear women (and men) voicing their support for Time's Up Now and various other social causes, but to be able to see it IRL through the clothes on their back was truly beautiful. Couple the all black dress code with the women fearlessly speaking their truth during red carpet interviews (bravo to all those that called out E! on E!), and on the stage accepting their awards, and even while presenting (lookin at you Natalie Portman), and bringing activists as their dates - it was a pretty empowering evening. Although I know it's going to take more than wearing all black in solidarity to affect real change, but looking at the hundreds, even thousands, of powerful men and women using their platform to bring awareness and justice to this issue brings me hope. We are inundated daily with reports of new sexual harassment claims, tales of women making less than their male counterparts, college kids getting away with rape while the woman is shamed, children afraid to speak up about bullying, the list goes on. It is important every now and then to take a step back and remember that those stores are only part of the picture. For every horrible story, there are many incredible people working to fight it, hundred of people advocating for justice, donating money to help others, using their voice and power and education and position to shape a world where #metoo is just a blip in the history books and our sons and daughters hear of a past world where we fought, successfully, for equality and justice for all.

So today (and many days, I'm a New Yorker after all...) I wear black. A day late, sure, but from this day forward, never without meaning. Let the color black serve as not a melancholy color, but a color of strength, power, unity, empowerment, love, justice and equality.


Jennifer Cook