Another week and yet another fantastic Topshop collaboration. This time the star-studded partnership is with London-based jewellery designer Solange Azagury-Partridge and the aim is less about fashion sales and more about raising money for domestic violence charity Eliminate Domestic Violence (EDV).
The award-winning fine jewellery designer Solange Azagury-Partridge has designed an exclusive, and rather controversial, collection for Freedom at Topshop in support of EDV, a charity which aims to bring an end to domestic violence worldwide.
The collection contains four designs – two earrings and two necklaces in gold or silver. What’s the controversial part? Well, the designs are of a woman cowering on her knees, in the fetal position, with her hands held protectively over her head. Striking? Yes. Appropriate? We’re not sure. However some believe it symbolises Solange’s message of female empowerment, and with 50 per cent of proceeds being donated to Eliminate Domestic Violence, we’re not going to argue.
According to the charity Refuge, one in four women experience domestic violence over their lifetime. An appalling statistic. The Rt Hon Baroness Scotland, founder and patron of EDV Global Foundation, said of the designer collaboration: “We are thrilled to be working with Freedom at Topshop and Solange Azagury-Partridge on this exciting collaboration. Everyone that wears this special piece will be joining us in working to end violence against women around the world.”
Discussing the designs of her collection with the high street store, which recently announced a collaboration with Beyonce and revealed its festive campaign starring Cara Delevingne, designer Solange, who is an advocate of Women’s Right’ organisation, said: “These delicate pieces embody the complexities and emotion felt worldwide in the endeavour to eliminate abuse in all its’ forms… The jewellery sits close to ones’ heart to symbolise a united front in fighting the unjust and wrongful violence on women and girls everywhere.”
The collection launches exclusively online at Topshop’s website on November 25.
Here Middle Eastern artist Saint Haox decided to raise awareness of domestic violence by depicting Disney princesses as victims of abuse:
Here’s an interesting social experiment testing people’s reaction and attitudes towards domestic violence when the woman is the victim and when the man is the victim: