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World AIDS Day: Gap, Nike, other fashion retailers get involved

Gap RedThursday marks World AIDS day, a day for people worldwide to unite and fight HIV, support those living with the virus and remember those who have died. Some fashion retailers are getting involved by releasing special clothing items to support the cause.

-- A|X Armani Exchange has partnered with dance4life, a nonprofit organization that educates young people about HIV through dance, and model Doutzen Kroes to release an exclusive T-shirt.  The shirt features a photo of Doutzen with the words "Dance-Dance-Dance" across the front. The shirt will be available starting Thursday for $35 in all A|X stores and online at All profits from the shirt will go to support dance4life education initiatives and related programs.

-- Designer Isabel Marant teamed up with Gap Red (Gap clothing's partnership with Global Fund to raise money to eliminate AIDS in Africa) to design a printed T-shirt for Gap. The shirt is $34, with 50% of every sale going to the Global Fund. The T-shirt is already sold out online, but you can call your local Gap store for availability.

-- Gap is also offering a special-edition Anchored in Hope (PRODUCT) RED T men's shirt in charcoal gray for $24.95. Fifty percent of the profits will be donated to the Global Fund.

-- Nike has come out with a Nike (RED) x World AIDS Day collection that includes special-edition Cheyenne backpacks, peacoat-style Destroyer jackets and a Nike (RED) Zoom Meriwether shoe. The collection will be available at select stores starting Dec. 1 and on

Fidelity Denim
-- Fidelity Denim has designed a special edition of its signature Scoop Skinny jean in bright red. The jeans are available on the website for $205, with 100% of the profits going to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Know of another World AIDS day fashion-related promotion? Please share it with us in the comments below.


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-- Jenn Harris

Photo: The A|X Armani Exchange dance4life T-shirt. Credit: Armani Exchange.

Bottom photo: Fidelity Denim Scoop Skinny in red. Credit: Fidelity Denim.

Paris Fashion Week: Isabel Marant meets Pocahontas


Cool girls the world over know that Isabel Marant is where it's at. And if you believe this season's runway collection, the Native American/Southwestern look is coming back in a big way. Now, we're not talking blanket coats and silver belt buckles. This is sexy stuff -- barely legal mini-dresses and short-shorts with Navajo-like striped and step motifs. And fringe! Lots of it, especially on those hot, hot over-the-knee boots. (Cher all the way.)


And when a girl wants to cover up (this is fall, after all), she can opt for a patchwork denim button-down shirt and skinny jeans, a luscious popcorn-knit poncho, a cream, red and black diamond pattern sweater with fringed, pulled threads, or an oversized sweatshirt in a feather print.


Put your name on the waiting list now.

-- Booth Moore in Paris


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Photos: Looks from the Isabel Marant fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times

Paris Fashion Week: Isabel Marant, hanging with the varsity team


More a stylist than a designer, Isabel Marant has an uncanny ability to gauge what the cool girls want to wear.

Im2 Her big news for spring? Denim is taking a back seat to corduroys in pastel colors, which came full-legged, cropped, or as cutoffs. The designer's signature slouchy boots aren't going anywhere, however. In fact, you will even be able to accessorize them with beaded ankle bracelets.

Im3 There was a varsity prep look to much of the collection, including a letter jacket with a cartoony map of Japan on the back, athletic mesh T-shirts, cropped long-johns that lace  in front, and a maroon-and-navy striped rugby shirtdress.

Marant may be onto something. With the Breton stripe trend still going strong, it's about time the rugby shirt took a fashionable turn, too.

-- Booth Moore in Paris

Isabel Marant spring-summer 2011 runway collection photo gallery

Photos: Looks from the Isabel Marant spring-summer runway collections shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson & Peter Stigter / For The Times

Paris Fashion Week: Isabel Marant and Cacharel's Cedric Charlier, the new kids in town

Isabel Marant pfw fall 2010

Beloved in France since 1995 for her effortless Left Bank boho style (and relatively affordable prices, in line with Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang), designer Isabel Marant is generating buzz across the Atlantic in a big way.

That's thanks in no small part to her cuffed and studded, cone-heeled boots from last season, which sparked waiting lists around the world, and a stampede of knockoffs. Now that Marant is set to open a New York store next month, her profile is only going to continue to rise.

For fall, her collection was a throwback to the 1950s of "Grease," with models in high ponytails and cat's eyeliner.

There were lots of cropped and fitted, cuffed jeans in solid blue, red and white, or covered in prints or iridescent sequins, suggesting that Marant could soon become a major player in the denim arena too.

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