Well, we are still in the first month of the year and with the Health Is Wealth Campaign that is still Fresh and brewing, I most certainly have been hitting up my gym, Equinox, at least four times a week. And, it sure feels good and promising as I am totally subscribing to Equinox’s COMMIT TO SOMETHING motto.
A mission that also has inspired an Art Installation in Equinox’s (West Hollywood) front window entitled, “STONEWALL STILETTOS”. An advertisement for the killer stiletto boots Shayne Oliver created with “heels that extend so far beyond the ball of the foot they can’t actually be walked in – for a new campaign.” The boots were crafted from Greenwich Villages’s iconic gay bar, The Stonewall Inn’s pleather banquettes as a symbolic gesture to acknowledge and cement the sacrifices and fearless dedication of earlier activists standing up for LGBTQA rights as thenStonewall Inn is a national historic landmark for being the site of the 1969 riots that launched the gay rights movement.
What a beautiful way to salute leaders that lead the torch in advancing humanity during such a time of misunderstanding and fear of accepting people that exert their God-given Free-will to make choices outside of the status quo as a reflection of strength and progress, not just for those who identify with the LGBTQA community, but the collective consciousness of the masses that get just a glimpse of what unconditional love looks like – whether they knew it at the time or not. 👊POWERFUL👊.
It was Equinox’s ability to stay true to the causes they believed in, in such an innovative way that shines through the very creative Art pieces that six designers curated by Mel Ottenberg designed. Each design is a one-of-a-kind luxury item inspired by the passion and persistence of some of the people and organizations that have committed to a cause as part of Equinox’s ongoing ‘Commit To Something’ Campaign.”
Check out the collector’s items from the new campaign designed by Oliver, Ottenberg, Eckhaus Latta, Adam Selman, Rafael de Cárdenas, Virgil Abloh, and Glenn Martens in addition to their individual symbolic references. And allow the ways that Fashion, Art and Life (Health) connect to create and inspire others to aspire 👍 uplift your spirits and enhance your own authenticity.
💜The Truth Lipstick: Made from blank newspaper pages from The Washington Post. The lipstick symbolizes the organization’s commitment to free press and journalistic integrity. Lipstick Case designed by Mel Ottenberg.
❤️The Law Suit: Designed by Eckhaus Latta, and made from case files of lawyer James Thornton, founder of nonprofit ClientEarth who, over four decades, has committed to fighting for the environment. The suit symbolizes Thornton’s commitment to solving the greatest challenges faced by our planet.
🖤Stonewall Stilettos: Designed by Shayne Oliver, and made from the actual pleather from the banquettes at The Stonewall Inn. The stilettos symbolize the commitment of early activists fighting for LGBTQA rights.
💙The Shades of Humanity: Designed by Adam Selman, and made from the camera lens of 2016 Instagram photographer of the year, Ruddy Roye. The shades symbolize Roye’s commitment to capturing stories that often go unseen.
💛Eau De Blood, Sweat & Tears: Bottle designed by Rafael de Cárdenas/Architecture at Large with a custom scent by 12.29. The fragrance was infused with the actual DNA of Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Symbolizes Switzer’s commitment to equal rights for all female athletes.
🖤The Scrubs Sweatsuit: Designed by Off-White’s Virgil Abloh, and inspired by the workwear of dedicated oncologists like those at Memorial Sloan Kettering, who patient by patient, commit to fighting the war on cancer.
💜The Real Camo Jacket: Designed by Y/Project (Glenn Martens) with actual material from the uniforms of four Heroes Project veterans, celebrating Equinox’s partnership with the Heroes Project. The jacket symbolizes The Heroes Project’s commitment to wounded veterans, who changes lives by empowering and enabling these veterans to climb the world’s seven summits. Materials were donated by Charlie Linville (Jacket from his Battle Dress Uniform, including name patch, piece of his boot that he was wearing when he stepped on an IED and lost his leg, piece of rope that went to the top of Everest, belt buckle from dress uniform); Brad Ivanchan (belt when in combat); Carlos Torres (Jacket from his BDU’s, including his name patch); and Kionte Storey (Bracelet from when he was in combat).
💜Love & Light☀️,
CRISTEN M. MILLS