In times like these, it can be difficult to have hope. But hope fuels optimism, and optimism fuels action, and action is what we’ll need to reset, rebuild, and reimagine the world as we emerge from this pandemic.
To kick off our own season of hope, we asked the Bazaar community to talk to us about all of the reasons they’ve found to be hopeful right now: from things they’ve uncovered or rediscovered in quarantine; to the new ideas and priorities they’re embracing; to what they’re doing, making, planning, and dreaming as we look forward to a day when we can all once again be together.
To some, the last two months have been about getting back to basics and what really matters; to others, it has been a period of reflection. But if there is a common theme in the responses we received, it is this: that hope isn’t something we just manifest on our own, it’s something we inspire in each other; and that the spirit of imagination and invention that’s inherent in fashion is more important now than ever.
“Home for me has always been a place of warmth and security and enjoying simple moments with my family. During these times of uncertainty, feeling connected to those I love gives me hope.”
My hopeful mantra is… Never give up. Because you can always get better and learn something new, and I want to experience that.
I keep my spirits up by… Connecting with my teams, from marketing to design to merchandising. I am used to talking and working with different groups of people because I like to know what they think and to share ideas. Even when we do not see things in the same way—especially when that happens—from this clash, new things are created. When someone does not agree with me, it is a stimulus to do better, to do more.
I’m spreading hope from home by… Allegra, my daughter, and I made a personal donation to the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan and the company made donations to the Chinese Red Cross as well as to other entities that are fighting the virus on the front lines.
How I wear hope from home… My look hasn’t changed, but I switched out the heels for fluffy slippers.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… Fashion is about dreaming and pure emotions. It is a hope for our economy to reboot because “Made in Italy” is not just a stamp we put on our labels. It is synonymous with quality and durability.
My hopeful mantra is… Seeing spring bloom—on my terrace, around New York City and all around the world—reminds me that rebirth and regeneration are something we all need to believe in and celebrate.
I keep my spirits up by… Spending quality time with my husband and our cat, taking walks in our neighborhood, looking at photo albums, finding new things on television, and watching our favorite vintage films.
I’m spreading hope from home by… Staying connected on social media with our customers and friends of the brand, having FaceTime meals with close friends, and supporting the hospitals, local organizations, and frontline workers, who are true angels.
How I wear hope from home… Black cashmere Michael Kors sweatpants, black t-shirts, and shearling Birkenstocks. When I have an interview or a Zoom conference, I throw on a bespoke black jacket to make me feel polished and engaged.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… I think this moment has given everyone time to reflect and to appreciate what is important to them. I think fashion will, more than ever, focus on the things that make you feel more confident, that are investment-oriented, and that give you a boost of joy when you wear them.
“For me, the most positive thing that can come out of these uncertain times is looking inward and asking oneself ‘What can I do to contribute to the good of the world?’”
“What gives me hope right now is this Italian phrase ‘andrà tutto bene’ which means ‘everything will be alright!’ During this time while staying at home I have been studying Italian which has given me hope, solace, and distraction. I’ve always been in love with Italy but to be able to rediscover the language right now has been such a saving grace for me. Also, for anyone who wants to hear something that is so beautiful, look up the song ‘Nessun Dorma,’ an aria from the Italian opera Turandot. The video of an Italian opera singer serenading his city from his balcony has been watched by so many but it deserves to be watched by many many more.” #HopeAtHome Enjoy ❤️
My hopeful mantra is… My mom has always said, “Tough times never last, but strong people do.” We will get through this. It’s important for everyone to remember that and to have hope that we will come out of this—in some aspects, in a better place than we were before.
I keep my spirits up by… Writing thank you notes. I think we all have so much to be grateful for and it’s the perfect time to reflect on our blessings and let those who have positively impacted our lives know we appreciate them.
I’m spreading hope from home… By continuing my work with UNICEF and using my voice and platform to advocate for organizations, brands, and companies that are doing their part and working tirelessly to combat the many effects that COVID-19 is having on communities around the world.
How I wear hope from home… For me, this has been the perfect time to experiment and come up with new hijab and turban styles and to get creative with my staple wardrobe item, the headscarf. My followers are always asking for scarf tutorials so you may be seeing some fresh looks soon!
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… We’ve seen everyone come together to join the effort, whether that’s designers manufacturing masks, models raising awareness and funds for relief efforts, brands supporting their local retail employees, magazines providing fans a sense of normalcy with content creation, creative directors and stylists thinking outside the box with virtual projects to engage audiences… I could go on and on.
“This is a very special image, taken on February 27, one of the last times the teams were physically together during the shoot of our FW20 Publication featuring Chiara Mastroianni, shot by Fumiko, styled by Benjamin Bruno, and art-directed by M/M (Paris). It reflects the importance of teams and how we need to keep people together. My hopeful quote: ‘Keep looking up.’”
My hopeful mantra is… I had a guidance counselor in school who was obsessed with outdated motivational posters of, like, a bear wearing sunglasses telling you to “Hang in there!” But she had one that I always remembered. It said “H.O.P.E.: Hold On Pain Ends.” I think what we need, more than ever, is hope right now. Even when we doubt it.
I keep my spirits up by… Trying to not actually hermetically seal myself to the couch. I’ve been playing a lot of Catan, Boggle, Scrabble, and Egyptian Rat Screw. I’ve also tried cooking for the first time, which is fun, although I was told that my cooking is a “Monica massage” [see: Friends]. But mostly, I’ve been taking in everything that is happening right now while also trying to use this time to think about the world on a larger spectrum. Also, I think it’s always hard to find creative focus, but being able to make music has really helped get me through.
I’m spreading hope from home… Because hope has been spread to me. When something like this happens, we begin to realize how trivial our concerns were, and how important the people we love are to us and our sanity. We are in this together, and things like optimism, hope, and faith are sometimes contagious.
My hopeful mantra is… “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.“—Martin Luther King Jr. Sometimes you need a storm to appreciate the sun. I wake up trying to learn from this experience how to reset and rebuild my world in a new way, learning from the past and the present to adjust the future.
I keep my spirits up by… Sketching. I take time now to sketch with passion using my pencils and enjoying every moment. It’s kind of an escape. I’m dreaming of a new world—my world.
I’m spreading hope from home by… Enjoying FaceTime with my grandparents. Seeing their smiles gives me hope and more love than ever. Being on my social media also makes me feel less apart. I’ve tried to stay in contact with the community I’ve built for many years on Instagram. I want to make them smile and to give them joy.
How I wear hope from home… My favorite piece of clothing right now is my Beychella hoodie. It reminds me of the world with no social distancing—a world where you fight to be who you are. It reminds me that I want to create more iconic moments that push fashion to the next level.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… It’s about more than the clothes. My hope is that fashion now will become more inclusive and build bigger communities with less boundaries from the past. I also hope there will be more of a focus on sustainability because we all share the same sky and it is precious. I want fashion to become more in sync with the real world—and no longer exclusive like it has been the past.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… It is both a catalyst and an expression of change. This crisis is pushing us to find new ways of thinking and working and is accelerating many of the ideas we were already exploring. The concept of ‘less is more’ sounds more appealing than ever. We need to be more selective about what we do and make sure there is real meaning behind everything. Now more than ever, creativity, innovation and agility are paramount. This is a moment to embrace change and move forward with humility, purpose and optimism.
Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez
“It has been freeing to think of things other than fashion while we’ve been quarantined at our house upstate. We’ve picked up our old film cameras and our dusty ancient guitars, and have been re-teaching ourselves how to do both. While it has been a horribly sad time worldwide, we have to believe that if we can each create something positive in our own lives during all of this, whatever that might be, then this isn’t all for nothing. We must come out of this stronger, smarter, and more connected to our true selves for any of it to make sense.”
My hopeful mantra is… “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”—Dolly Parton
I keep my spirits up by… Working out! I’ve been trying to break a sweat at least once a day, which is something I never prioritized before, and it’s made such a huge difference in my mental health. It is just the release I need after a long day of Zoom calls and running a business!
I’m spreading hope from home by… Connecting with young designers, students, and creatives on Instagram Live. We call it #BSpoke and everyone uses the time differently. Some people show new gowns or pieces they’ve created, sketches, or final projects, or discuss what they are passionate about. It’s about an hour or so of the day but I’m so inspired by everyone who participates! They are the future of this industry and I’m proud to give them a platform to share!
How I wear hope from home… Our team has been hard at work creating these capsule collections for our online community. We started with making hand made pajamas and now we’re putting out a limited run of unisex tees and sweatshirts created in collaboration with independent artist Alec Tear, who created our very first print, and textile artist Anna Joyce, who has hand tie-dyed sweatshirts and tees. Right now, I am living in the cotton candy blue and the storm cloud grey hoodies!
My hopeful mantra… This too shall pass.
I keep my spirits up by… Learning a new skill and meditating everyday, sending positive vibes while praying and being grateful at the same time.
I’m spreading hope from home by… Being optimistic and lighthearted. I watch a good amount of memes and make sure to send them to family and friends to lift their spirits.
How I wear hope from home… I can say I wear hope in my attitude, how I express myself, and keep it simple.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… I think fashion has to make a real change in order to innovate and be part of a larger conversation about doing things out of necessity and with consideration for the environment. No more mass production of the same things, which seems so redundant and creates extra waste that ultimately affects us all, just because brands want to make a sale or be part of a trend… Create fashion from recycled materials, make things reusable, and support companies that are part of the movement to bring positive environmental change to the world.
“I am grateful that we live in a time where it is so easy to stay connected with our community digitally, whether through our Instagram live series Staying in with Alex or by encouraging our audience to get creative at home. We have found ourselves adapting new practices and ways of working which will only make us think further outside of the box and push ourselves to newer boundaries. I know that we as an industry can come together and emerge stronger than before by embracing and navigating the challenges ahead with a positive mindset.”
My hopeful mantra is… I write a journal everyday and here are three sentences that sit on top: “Everyday is a new beginning”; “But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated” (a quote by Ernest Hemingway); and “No better way to begin the day than quieting the mind, letting go of the past and starting afresh with a new perspective” (a quote from a meditation book that I read at some point, but I can’t remember the name of the book).
I keep my spirits up by… I am gardening and walking far more than I normally do. I also jog and do online African dance classes six days a week.
I’m spreading hope from home by… Keeping in very close contact and giving support to many people I know in different corners of the world, including in my country, Iran, and in Italy, where some have fallen ill and others are coping with psychological trauma. But overall, I see how life during the spread of the coronavirus has brought everything to a halt, and therefore our careers and personal ambitions have had to take a back seat. Now, in the face of our personal and collective anxieties, we are gaining new perspectives about what truly matters and how we could become more caring for other human beings and respectful to our natural environment.
How I wear hope from home… In light of the fact that no one other than my husband and my dog see me, I wear comfortable clothes that suit gardening, walking, and jogging. But I never go a day without my eye makeup.
Creativity is a beacon of hope because… At the beginning of the lockdown, I was under the same belief that creativity will be my savior in this dark and lonely period of isolation. But now, weeks later, I don’t feel the same way. I see time for reflection and doing absolutely nothing is the key to healing, to give our imagination a necessary break to digest these trying times. Hopefully, all this will one day culminate into creativity.
“Spring gives me hope! Spending time in my garden and seeing the arrival of spring and the end of winter reminds me there is hope in this time.”
My hopeful mantra is… We will all make it through this together, and come out of it stronger.
I keep my spirits up by… Reading a lot!
I’m spreading hope from home by… Supporting small and local businesses around my home—restaurants, farms, etc. Small businesses are especially vulnerable during this time, and they are vital to the communities we live in.
How I wear hope from home… My leather jeans and a comfortable sweatshirt.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… It represents beauty and creativity, which we especially need right now. But I think that designers today have the opportunity to change the way things are done, think sustainably, and transform the industry.
“Unlike many New Yorkers, I happened to have quarantined in Miami after Paris Fashion Week with my workday fashion family. If you are lucky enough to be with a group of people you know so well and have travelled with so extensively, being restricted can bring so many positive and different nuances to the experience. All of them are extremely fit, which pushed me to ‘work out’ most days. But on another level, the fact we could speak about life, love, work, priorities, family, even fears made each day a new experience. Forcing ourselves to celebrate each life event from birthdays, anniversaries, holidays such as Easter, even births, and sadly, illnesses, helped me to see the need to treasure these milestones no matter what. And of course, it being a hardcore fashion group, and me having my lifelong obsession with leggings, I had the opportunity to actually ‘play’ with clothes, something even a fashion designer rarely has the luxury of doing… But I will say, never again will I ever complain about having my hair blown dry! Be safe. Be well. Be careful. But most of all, give love to everyone you can, even if it is in a call, a like, or a message.
This photo depicts my personal conflict between loving athleisure clothing but dreading the treadmill! Okay. My own sense of personal irony: lycra/poly meets high-heeled pumps!”
Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana
“We believe it is important to be positive and look to the future with enthusiasm. It is a new beginning. The world is changing and we will continue to see even more changes. It’s nice to face them with curiosity and be passionate about the next projects that will see us involved. We must go on!
Today more than ever, we think that research is a value in which to invest; to give trust and support to those who work every day for our health and our future is a moral duty for us. In February, when the virus was not yet afflicting Italy, we felt the need to do something to fight this devastating illness, and we decided to partner with Humanitas University in order to help identify a treatment. Our support of their scientific research continues: we have decided to donate a portion of the e-commerce revenues from the sales of the iconic Devotion bag, the new campaign for which features the beautiful Sofia Vergara.”
Christopher John Rogers
“I’m staying with my partner during this pandemic, and he is keeping me hopeful between a mix of Ozarks binges, reassuring words, and craft cocktails.”
My hopeful mantra is… “Everything that occurs is not only usable and workable but is actually the path itself. We can use everything that happens to us as the means for waking up.”—Pema Chödrön
I keep my spirits up by… Meditating, reading, and listening to music—usually Al Green or old soul music.
I’m spreading hope from home by… Contributing to the greater good in whatever ways I can during this time. We donated 2000 N95 masks to hospitals in underserved areas of New York in partnership with The COVID Foundation, and I designed limited-edition items for All Americans, a cross-cultural movement and COVID-1 relief effort to support the marginalized communities most affected by the pandemic.
How I wear hope from home… Here, I am pictured next to one of my favourite art piece I own, by Sterling Ruby, and am wearing a cozy sweatshirt with the slogan “we shall overcome,” from our collection coming soon exclusively on PrabalGurung.com, which reminds me of my personal hero Gloria Steinem.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… It is an industry driven by innovation, creativity, soul, and love. There is so much compassion in our community. This crisis has really brought us together in ways we have never been before. We are all sharing ideas and resources and communicating to help support one another.
“My husband David was a painter and my daughter Lexi is, too. I never had that in me but I always admired their gifts. I made my first attempt at a watercolor while I was visiting Canyon Ranch near San Francisco in January this year. I did a watercolor painting of a bluebird in memory of David’s passing on January 10 and planned to draw more by taking drawing classes this summer. But as they say, man plans and God laughs… As we’re “sheltering in place” I’m hoping to show you and me that we need to engage in hobbies that we have put aside or thought we didn’t have the time for… Now, we have the time and I hope we can all lean in without fear and judgment (especially from ourselves) and embrace it. Let’s not forget that we don’t have to be good at something to get started.”
My hopeful mantra is… Your body may be in quarantine but your mind doesn’t have to be!
I keep my spirits up by… I have started painting palm leaves and making flower arrangements with them. It has become more than therapeutic. It has now become my obsession.
I’m spreading hope from home by… Checking in on all my friends and family, FaceTiming with them, making sure they are not lonely or feeling alone, making sure they feel engaged.
How I wear hope from home… I already wear a lot of vintage t-shirts from my flea-market finds. They’re well-worn and cozy to the touch as well as nostalgic for the heart.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… I think of it as being transformative and uplifting. Fashion has the ability to allow us to renew ourselves and redefine ourselves as we peel off layers and reveal new ones.
“I keep my spirits up enjoying the time with my kids. I play and construct Lego with them, or cook special dishes and pancakes for them. I am also enjoying smart-yoga classes and…needle point, my latest discovery! I am in love with it. It’s like a meditation for me!”
My hopeful mantra is… It’s important to have hope, to know that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s also important to know that you can’t just lean on the idea of hope. You need to give hope a helping hand.
I keep my spirits up by… Making sure that I’m doing everything I can to approach this situation positively. I keep thinking about stories my grandparents told us about their experiences during the war. And compared to that, staying at home and social distancing is just peanuts.
I’m spreading hope from home by… By staying in touch with friends, family, coworkers… We’re kind of spreading a feeling of hope, sending and receiving little messages, sharing photos (old and new), forwarding funny stuff…. All that gives us a sense of hope, a sense of community.
How I wear hope from home… My home wear isn’t that much different from my normal wear: sneakers, jeans, and sweaters!
Beauty is a beacon of hope because… When you look good, you feel good. When you see something beautiful, you feel good, When you eat something nice, you feel good. When you hear something beautiful, you feel good… And if makeup, in whatever shape or form, can help you and others to feel good, then it’s definitely a beacon of hope. That light at the end of the tunnel might be a gorgeous highlight or a divine glitter.
My hopeful mantra is… Pain is temporary!
I keep my spirits up by… Exercising every day. It’s a powerful tool. It enables me to redirect my energy and feel refreshed. As a family, we’re connecting in such a special way right now. We’re cooking dinners as a family and baking together. We swing outside, jump on the trampoline, and I ride horses with my girls. At night, we love to spread out with a giant jigsaw puzzle. Even though quarantining is difficult, I’m grateful for this time with my family.
I’m spreading hope from home by… Connecting with my community in a thoughtful way. No two people are experiencing this in the same way. I want to be sensitive to that and create content that’s meaningful and responsive to their needs. Makeup is a powerful tool. Never underestimate the power of color. It’s joyful and optimistic! I hope that by giving people a little escape through makeup, I can help brighten their day.
How I wear hope from home… I’m dressing the same as I did before quarantine: Celine sweaters and Rag & Bone Jeans. And I love Totême’s wide-leg jeans paired with a cotton tee. The only real difference is the shoes. It’s white Rag & Bone trainers every day. Definitely no heels! A cozy sweater, jeans, a belt—because that one little accessory makes me feel put together—and I feel like I can tackle the day. When the day is done, I take the belt off and slip a hoodie on!
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… It makes you dream! It gives you confidence and challenges you to take risks. Our planet was so desperate for a wakeup call. All industries need to be mindful of their carbon footprint. Do we all really need to be jetting around the world going to fashion shows? Probably not… Quarantining has been such an eye-opener. We have to be mindful of our resources and work in more responsible ways. Brands and businesses of all sizes have really come together to help in any way they can right now—and that gives me hope for the future.
My hopeful mantra is… One of the books I’ve lost myself in during lockdown has been Hanya Yanagihara’s fantastic A Little Life. It’s a hugely insightful, full of gems, but one line that especially hit me was this: “Things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully.” It reminded me that we never know what awaits us.
I keep my spirits up by… I start my day with exercise, and although I heartily miss my daily run through Florence (which is currently prohibited under the rules of lockdown), the workouts at home get my heart bumping, muscles singing, and head ready for the day. Staying in touch with my team to plan ahead keeps me optimistic—their brilliance inspires me. And staying in touch with my friends and family keeps me grounded and reminds me that this isolation is only physical. The final ingredient in my recipe for elevated spirits is… Spirits! A Negroni at the end of the day does no harm at all.
I’m spreading hope from home by… I’m proud of Salvatore Ferragamo’s contribution to the crisis here in Italy, both via financial donation and through a specific project to get a mothballed hospital in Florence operational again to deal with the overflow of recovering patients. Watching the bravery and selflessness of healthcare workers, first in Italy and then in my other spiritual homes in New York and the U.K., gives me immense hope and inspiration.
How I wear hope from home… The experience of wearing clothing and shoes, which you might think becomes less important now, actually becomes extremely important—just in a different way. Without human contact (video chats aside) the physical relationship I have with the clothing feels more profound than ever. My favorite Carhartt pants, blue stripe overshirts from A.P.C., and t-shirts by Sunspel are points of comfort and familiarity. I’ve definitely been wearing my clothes more mindfully and relishing that.
My hopeful mantra is… No condition is permanent. This is a very popular street quote in Nigeria, and it’s used by people in different classes of life. Well before the outbreak of Covid-19, a vast number of the Nigerian population was living below poverty lines. And yet we, as a people, managed to stay happy and keep moving. In my quiet moments, I think about countries that have been through the worst of the pandemic and are now easing back. This makes me know for a fact that truly no condition is permanent.
I keep my spirits up by… Cooking new recipes and baking. I’ve also finally gotten to have some quality time with my dog, Cosmo, after a long while; in the months leading up to the pandemic, I had travelled a lot for work. I put music on and go on long walks with Cosmo.
I’m spreading hope from home by… I am constantly communicating with my network of artisans, continuously educating them on what is going on and how it can affect them, what they need to do to stay safe.
How I wear hope from home… It is very important to say positive and hopeful in these unprecedented times. I’ve maintained positive vibes by wearing sustainable cotton in airy and bright floral prints, bringing the outdoors in, as we settle into spring.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because…. Many articles and studies have shown that in this period, the reduced human activity outdoors has helped the planet to heal and take care of itself. We, on the other hand, are trying our best to take care of ourselves, boost immunity, and keep safe. As we evolve into a new normal, so should our outlook and creative process. Many designers have repurposed their ateliers to produce medical protective gear in countries with shortages. We have all been affected by this pandemic, and it will be interesting to see how the industry changes. In line with the brand’s ethos, I think this is a good time to usher in a new era where sustainability and upcycling are the order of the day.
My hopeful mantra is… Less is more. Let’s remember that we don’t need much to be happy.
I keep my spirits up by… Spending these quarantine days in my cabin in Fontainebleau forest, surrounded with my family. My day-to-day activities have not changed that much as I am still fully working remotely with my team. Enjoying the calm and the rebirth of nature inspires me a lot these days and walking in the forest has become a daily routine.
I’m spreading hope from home by… Re-centering on real and true essentials, being with my family is a part of it, and this is key to the afterworld.
How I wear hope from home… My outfit does not change from when I am at my studio: a tee-shirt; a comfy sweatshirt; and a good pair of shorts or trousers.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… I have always disliked the idea of “fashion for fashion.” I have always designed real clothes for everyday life, clothes you feel good in, which give you the strength to brave daily challenges. Most important is to be true to yourself. This is your best weapon.
My hopeful mantra is… Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain. A friend reminded me of that mantra the other day and it feels especially relevant now.
I keep my spirits up by… I’m focusing on finding comfort at home. I cleaned and repainted parts of my apartment. And I’m clearing out the clutter. In the process, I rediscovered my work—I have a floor-to-ceiling closet filled with tear sheets and old magazines and couldn’t bear to part with any of it. I love the paper. I even love looking at the ads from 20 years ago. I think there’s reassurance in revisiting the familiarity of the past right now, in looking forward to the future.
I’m spreading hope from home by… It’s been amazing to connect with loved ones. My mom, who lives in the southwest of France, just learned how to use FaceTime. I call her and my best friends in Milan and Paris every morning and talk to my community here in New York and in L.A. every day. It’s been a savior for all of us. There’s a new appreciation for what we have and who we love.
How I wear hope from home… I’ve found my at-home uniform: my favorite old sweatpants—they’ve been repaired so many times—a black T-shirt or sweater, and cashmere socks.
Beauty is a beacon of hope because… I think the industry will take this moment to explore creativity and look forward to the day we can thrive again. Everyone wants to get back together and see one another. I cannot wait to be on a shoot, in the salon, with clients and my peers. I’m very optimistic.
My hopeful mantra is… Dare to dream it, dare to believe it, and dare to do it!
I keep my spirits up by… I’m really looking after my skin. Now more than ever, it is so important to take good care of ourselves! I always say skin care is self-care. I’m taking time to follow my magic eight-step routine and massaging in my Magic Serum and Magic Cream. I’m giving myself facials at-home using my products and seeing such a visible improvement in both my skin and my overall health.
I’m spreading hope from home by… The power of community has shone so brightly through all of this. People are looking after one another. It’s so important to keep a positive mindset right now and use this time to find happiness wherever you can. In my gorgeous new Instagram Live series, “Charlotte’s Beauty Happy Hour,” I’m inviting inspiring friends to join me to share their wisdom and secrets to joy, happiness, and positivity. The iconic Dame Joan Collins joined me last week and next up is my hilarious and fabulous friend Sofia Vergara.
How I wear hope from home… I’m dressing up and putting on my makeup! It makes me feel good during these uncertain times and gives me hope. I am still wearing all my favorite dresses from Alice Temperley, Alessandra Rich, The Vampire’s Wife, Reformation; my favourite heels from Prada, Miu Miu and Gucci; and exploring my makeup looks. I keep my Pillow Talk lipstick next to me all day. Lipstick is happiness in a tube!
Beauty is a beacon of hope because… I discovered mascara at 13 and it changed my life—it’s why I am where I am today. The women who are part of my charity partner Women for Women International’s programs in some of the most dangerous war-torn countries around the globe hold onto their lipstick and wear it to show their power and strength. Makeup is more than just superficial—it is an empowering tool that can really inspire and ignite change.
My hopeful mantra is… This too shall pass
I keep my spirits up by… Playing tug of war with my dog
I’m spreading hope from home by… Reaching out to family members who I might have fallen out of touch with for a while to check in and see how they’re doing
How I wear hope from home… Big chunky cashmere sweater, sweatpants, and a CH parka for when I have to step outside (with a mask of course). Lately I’ve taken to wearing a baseball cap since I’m long overdue for a haircut.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… I hope this will make the industry as a whole pay attention to creating only pieces that have meaning, purpose, and reason for being, with a slower and more considered industry calendar, allowing brands to creating collections and pieces with integrity, and for customers to focus on buying the special pieces that truly bring them joy—quality over quantity.
My hopeful mantra is… Just find your slice of heaven, you don’t need the whole pie.
I keep my spirits up by... Cooking. Creating and sharing food is the ultimate expression of love, mindfulness, creativity and gratitude.
I’m spreading hope from home by… Sharing recipes and cooking videos on Instagram so that everyone can partake and try something new.
Laura & Kate Mulleavy
Our hopeful mantra is… “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”—Georgia Okeefe
We keep our spirits up by… Learning and reading. We are learning to cook new things—homemade pizzas, no-knead bread, ginger cookies, and fresh yogurt. Right now, we are reading all of Maggie Nelson’s books, taking socially distanced walks, taking the time to look at all the beautiful nature around us… and picking oranges and grapefruits from our garden.
How we wear hope from home… We are wearing cozy favorites from female-led brands—Beatrice Valenzuela, Shop Mille, Claire Vivier, Doen, HVN. For loungewear, we love our Morgan Lane pink and white-striped pajamas and our Rodarte sweatshirts and hoodies for walks when it’s more chilly. A little Nars afterglow lip balm in sheer cherry red cheers us up.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… It is a beautiful form of self-expression and creativity, and it is alway evolving with the times. We hope that more people will invest in vintage pieces or items that can last a long time because they are made with care and artistic integrity. It’s about investing in pieces that you really love and want to wear over and over again.
My hopeful quote… Look towards the light of hope, so the shadows are behind us
I keep my spirits up by… I do a twice-weekly walk to pickup groceries with my dog Roscoe in tow. If it’s a nice day, we sit on a bench outside to feel the warmth of the sun on our faces, then head home an try out a new recipe.
I’m spreading hope from home by… Supporting my local restaurants, hangouts, and cultural sites. Most are closed, or providing limited service. But some have Go Fund me accounts to support the staff that I contribute to so that they hopefully will be there on the other side of this pandemic.
How I wear hope from home… I’m planning my best suit and tie look for the day we can return to work. Meanwhile, my favorite Todd Snyder Champion sweats and SeaVees sneakers are my uniform.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… It is a way to express our creativity and mood in such a personal and immediate way. I think when we are able again to be amongst our neighbors, friends, and colleagues, the outpouring of creativity will be exciting to watch. It’ll be a parade of joy.
My hopeful mantra is… “The same stream of life that runs through the world runs through my veins night and day and dances in rhythmic measure. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth into numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of flowers.”—Rabindranath Tagore
I keep my spirits up by… Meditating, spending time in nature, and picking flowers.
I’m spreading hope from home by… Reconnecting with old friends.
How I wear hope from home… I have been enjoying wearing white at home.
“I keep my spirits up from home, but continue to work on what I love to do, which is designing. In addition to sketching, I’m also having to improvise on checking product quality and fit on myself (since we don’t have access to a live fit model). Thankfully, I fit into the samples. This is me trying out our new boiler suit for SS20 right before we shipped it to make sure it all fits and feels good. Also, coincidentally enough, it’s my go-to at-home outfit. Recently, I’ve been into making unisex designs, and this is one of them.”
My hopeful mantra is… It’s about acceptance. I’ve been a sober alcoholic for 20 years and I’m not religious but I say the Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” God to me is Michelle Obama or Oprah. It’s the ocean when I go surfing, the strongest force in the world.”
I keep my spirits up by… I’m really into comedy and have discovered some funny, soulful people with positivity coming out of this time: @noahbuilttheark and @bennydrama7 on Instagram. I watched @thelesliejordon go from 300k to 4M followers in these last couple months.
I’m spreading hope from home by… I am spreading positivity through Instagram—being silly with my own account, being honest and sharing my fear. I’ve taken a break from posting about my work, about hair. And I’m having a lot of human-to-human conversations I wasn’t able to have when I was working non-stop. The universe is telling us all to slow down. When I’m back, I’m going to go back at 50 percent for the rest of my life.
How I wear hope from home… I’ve been living in long-sleeve t-shirts from Gallery Dept. or Patagonia, army pants from RTH (my favorite store in LA), and Birkenstocks with socks or checkered Vans slip-ons. And Drunk Elephant hair and skincare.
Beauty is a beacon of hope because… We’re all suffering in some way but staying safe is so important and beauty can really bring you back to life. Just the simple act of shampooing your hair, feeling that creamy lather… It’s about self-care. And people are having a lot of fun with it. I got Jennifer [Aniston] a Revlon blowdryer/brush-in-one and it was a game-changer for her; she loves playing with it. We’re exploring avenues of presenting ourselves.
My hopeful mantra is… Unity is a bond!
I keep my spirits up by… Ice cream and cake, all homemade, keep my spirits hopeful. Every day in quarantine is different. I workout most days or alternate with pilates. I need to keep my body and mind limber. Making, smelling, and nibbling on sweets relax my mind.
I’m spreading hope from home by… Hindsight is 20/20. I have been using this time to push myself personally and professionally. Ideas that have been kept on the back of my mind moved to the forefront. This is the time to plan bold.
How I wear hope from home… The outfit in this pic is my preferred one; I have lived in my Paskho pants and @NMAAHC hoodie. Cannot wait to switch in my Dries shorts from last year.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… Fashion is a dream.
My hopeful mantra is… Live one day at a time. I’ve really tried to stay calm and be present this whole time I’ve been home. For me, this is an odd time as I’m used to getting on a plane every week to travel. It’s quite a weird balance to go from traveling nonstop to being stuck at home. I’ve had to get creative and always have activities to look forward to every single day, like going on a walk in a new neighborhood, baking a new treat, or FaceTiming with my cousins, which makes me feel excited and hopeful.
I keep my spirits up by… Finding time to do things that I would not have had time to do or enjoy with my normal work schedule, like reading books, taking long walks, watching TV with my boyfriend, coloring, and talking more with my friends and family. It’s been very calming and enjoyable. I’ve been better in touch with my emotions and feelings and have become more aware of what makes me happy and what doesn’t.
I’m spreading hope from home by… Using my Instagram and social media to connect with others and to share funny dances on sites such as Tiktok. There’s a saying, “Laughter is good medicine.” This has been a time of deep concern and social separation. People are stressed and distressed and many are depressed. I have tried to encourage a good laugh, which can do great benefits for our soul and spirit.
How I wear hope at home… My wardrobe during this time has been a collection of sweatsuits and workout clothes. I put on workout clothes every morning so I can be motivated to move my body and get physical activity.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… It allows people to express themselves through clothes and wardrobe. Fashion allows individuals to create their own personal style and allows them to be transformed into different settings and stories. I feel like fashion can also give people a sense of community.
“As France is currently on lockdown, I keep my spirits up by enjoying time with my family and cooking favorite meals reminiscent of the extraordinary places I love to travel.
In my living room, the citrus tree planted inside brings back happy times of summers in Italy and the vase of the Hindu God Shiva reminds me during these times that all destruction allows for positive recreation.”
Laura Kim & Fernando Garcia
My hopeful mantra is… LAURA KIM: I’ve started focusing on what I love to do, what I want to do, and what I should do during this time. I try to keep myself busy with self-care and staying in touch with people I love. We can take this opportunity to reset and change things that we weren’t happy with before. When a door closes another one opens, and we need to look at this moment in time as an opportunity to pivot and explore new opportunities. FERNANDO GARCIA: Take advantage of this breathing room to realign priorities
I keep my spirits up by… LK: Recently I started keeping an agenda to ensure I set my goals for each day. I like to pack my schedule to stay busy. I’ve been taking the opportunity of doing things I wasn’t comfortable in participating before—for example, Instagram live. FG: Running in the mornings when the city is still asleep.
I’m spreading hope from home by… LK: I’ve unleashed my inner Martha Stewart in quarantine, and I enjoy cooking as a new source of positivity and creativity. I like to cook a wide variety of recipes for my friends throughout the day and I like to mix things up. For instance, I’ll make Thai for lunch and try a new Italian recipe for dinner. I also try to experiment with cocktails because I miss those interactions, which we took for granted. FG: Keeping all my friends and family in touch. We are all in this together. It has created a great sense of unity in the world.
How I wear hope from home… LK: My favorite stay-at-home outfits are my Monse hoodies and jersey pants. I also have Oscar de la Renta pajama sets I used to wear outside during the day that I now enjoy wearing at home. FG: James Perse t-shirt and shorts.
Fashion is a beacon of hope because… LK: For me, being able to dress up and wear certain fabrics allows me to dream. Not only fancy fabrics—even a simple t-shirt can give you a place for your mind to travel. Even on a bad day, the perfect outfit that makes you feel your best. I hope we can continue to create this experience for people. FG: Everyone is going to want to look their best selves as soon as this is over.
My hopeful mantra is… A quote that I’ve found particularly inspiring during this time comes from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, “When things are at their worst, you will see the very best and worst of people. Sometimes it will break your heart. But you will also be inspired beyond belief by the goodness of others. At the end of the day, goodness wins. Love wins.”
I keep my spirits up by… Filling my days with activities or small gestures that make me happy and put my mind at ease, whether it’s going for a walk outside, watching an old movie, or calling a friend to check-in. I find that these little things are calming to me during such an unsettling time. I am also learning to cook a bit more, and of course, spending quality time with my family.
I’m spreading hope from home by… I’ve lived in New York my entire life and have so many special memories. There is so much to love about this incredible city and I’m so proud to be a New Yorker, especially now. There has always been a sense of community, and I love how each day, at 7 p.m., the city booms with cheers and clapping for our healthcare workers.
How I wear hope from home… I have definitely been dressing more on the casual side. However, I still like to get dressed every day in order to instill some sense of normalcy. My go-to pieces have been Frame jeans, cashmere sweaters from The Row, and Le Monde Beryl mules.
Beauty is a beacon of hope because… I’m hoping this will encourage people to take more time to enjoy the little things, whether it’s having a moment to do a skincare routine or unwinding with a good book. I find candles to be very uplifting. They set the mood. I’ve been burning AERIN Rose de Grasse around the house when I need a moment of calm. The rose is one of my favorite flowers and fragrance elements. I have also been using AERIN Rose Lip Conditioner and Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Masks.
“One way I’m keep my spirits up during lockdown is by appreciating the family, friends and communities who are a source of love, support, and inspiration—during these times and always. The photo is of me and my husband Ben and it’s one of my favorites. It was taken at Soho House in Los Angeles on our first summer vacation together, and I love it because it reminds me of all the good times we’ve had, and keeps me hopeful about all the adventures that await us together. If there has been any upside to the crisis, it’s the quality time we are spending together at home.
Another way I’ve been keeping my spirits up is by celebrating the American fashion community on Instagram—friends like Gabriela Hearst and Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, or designers like Emily Adams Bode, Stephen Sprouse, and Anna Sui, whose work inspires me. Right now, it feels important to support one another and to remind the world that fashion is full of creative and innovative talent—and that we are in this together. To me, fashion has always been about joy, looking forward, and a reason to feel hopeful. We need that now as much as ever.”
“Self family portrait: quarantining with my two favs, my dog Powwow and my favorite creative collaborator Charlie Engman. Keeping my spirits up by staying creative and getting weird.”