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By Jakob Esaw & Raeanne Rubenstein
Photography courtesy of Melissa Goff

It’s not every day that we, mere peons, get the chance to be graced by the presence of the Queen of Pop Lady Gaga and the Knight of Glam Rock Elton John. And yes, I do agree that it seems quite unlikely that we’ll ever get to be face to face with either of these larger-than-life rock stars. But still, sometimes miracles can happen, and though you might not actually be able to join them onstage, or invite them to your house for dinner, or go out with them for a shopping spree at Macy’s (more about this will follow!), you truly can get lucky on occasion.

heartIn fact, Elton John and Lady Gaga have teamed up to make little miracles happen for some of the most vulnerable and overlooked people in our communities. They’ve teamed with Macy’s for a truly awesome line of clothing, tchotchkes, and other sweet ass products, called Love Bravery, all in an effort to spread kindness and awareness and to raise compassion and research funding for at-risk youth, and people with HIV/AIDS. Macy’s says it’s honored to work with both of these inimitable talents, and through late August 2016, the company has committed 25% of the purchase price to benefit Elton John’s and Lady Gaga’s respective charitable efforts. So if you go to Macy’s and buy Love Bravery products this spring and summer, what exactly are the initiatives you’ll be supporting?

According to Macy’s, “Born This Way Foundation" [Gaga’s nonprofit] is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world by shining a light on real people, supporting quality research, and fostering meaningful partnerships focused on social emotional learning (SEL) and mental health awareness and resources. The Elton John AIDS Foundation raises much-needed funds for evidence-based programs that give people the information and tools to protect and care for themselves and those they love – challenging stigma, reducing the spread of HIV and preventing people from getting sick or dying of AIDS.”


clutchBoth of these famous artists are excited to work with one another, and who can blame them? “It’s an honor to team up with Sir Elton John to create this line with Macy’s,” says Lady Gaga. “We need to make the world a kinder and braver place where men and women everywhere are empowered to live with compassion. That’s what Born This Way Foundation is all about, that’s what the Elton John AIDS Foundation is all about, and that’s what Love Bravery is all about.”
“I love the idea of fusing who you are on the inside – your passions and dreams – with what you wear on the outside,” says Sir Elton John. “Love Bravery is about the compassion on the inside to understand someone’s fears, and the bravery on the outside to stand up for them, and for yourself: to accept others for who they are and to be who you want to be. It’s what I‘ve tried to do in my life, my career and with the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and it’s a passion Lady Gaga and I share. So I’m thrilled we are collaborating on this project and delighted Macy’s understood our dream to connect with people this way.”


tankMacy’s has given Dish the scoop on some of its most exciting upcoming products, saying “the limited line boasts fresh crop tops and sleeveless tees in stark black-and-white, while heather sweatshirts with tonal graphics and tops with metallic lettering are edgy updates to the athleisure trend. Oversized scarves with piano key prints and artistic interpretations of Lady Gaga’s face are stylishly offbeat, and neoprene backpacks that say 'LOVE' and also have piano key prints are super cool must-haves. With enamel pins and patches in the shape of moto jackets, electric guitars, microphones, platform shoes and Lady Gaga’s infamous claw, the options to show off your inner little monster are endless. Clutches in the shape of sunglasses, pianos and hearts are unapologetically fun and sassy.” 

You’ll be able to buy these limited-edition Love Bravery products from May 9th to August 20th at over a hundred Macy’s stores nationwide. Until then, you can find them for purchase online at / Issue 180 - September 2018
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