A number of London-based designers and celebrities have come together to support the charity Women for Women International ("Women for Women"). A host of well-known names including designers Nicholas Kirkwood, Charlotte Olympia, Manolo Blahnik, Mary Katrantzou and Simone Rocha, models Naomi Campbell and Arizona Muse and milliner Stephen Jones have teamed with Havaianas and Women for Women to customise pairs of flip flops from the Brazilian brand.

The one-off pieces of art were displayed at Somerset House and auctioned on July 1 to raise funds for the charity. Having been given carte blanche, the creatives went all out with their interpretations of the Havaianas they were given and created bespoke one-off art pieces for the cause. Rocha added her signature pearl details all over a classic black pair, Jones used a Swarovski-embellished pair to create a headpiece, Charlotte Dellal elevated her pair with a gold platform and gold spiderwebs on the straps and Blahnik channeled the rose of Sicily and the colours and smells of the island. Other highlights included Swarovski’s series of glitter-finished pairs with the soles spelling out the word “sisters” to capture the spirit of female empowerment that Women for Women is known for. Katrantzou embraced as much colour as possible in her design, stacking three bright yellow, pink and blue pairs of flip-flops and layering them with Swarovski crystals.

It is hoped that the awareness of the cause and money raised through this collaboration will help the organisation to continue its support of women survivors of war as they rebuild their lives in some of the most dangerous parts of the world. 
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