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International Women's Day 8 March 2023

Female-Led Brands We Love at NET-A-PORTER

Some kickass women’s brands to support on IWD at NET-A-PORTER.

As International Woman's Day approaches on March 8th, it is the perfect occasion to recognise and celebrate women's social, political, and cultural achievements as well as bringing to the fore women's rights and what needs to be done to ensure gender equality. At Monde we're celebrating International Women's Day by profiling five incredible female-led brands to shop and support at NET-A-PORTER.

Words By Erin Visagie

Charlotte Tilbury

A makeup artist known for her creativity, innovation, and push-boundaries vision, Charlotte Tilbury is one of the most respected names in the industry. Over the past 28 years, she has used her expertise to create transformative makeup tricks and tools for people of all ages.

Charlotte worked with industry leaders to develop best-selling products, launch entire beauty lines, and take on creative product development for brands such as M.A.C., Armani, Burberry, and Tom Ford before founding her namesake label,  Charlotte Tilbury Beauty.

Charlotte created an award-winning lipstick collection in 2016 called 12 HOT LIPS, which paid tribute to the world’s most mesmerising stars and pledged one million euros to Women for Women International to assist war-affected women.

With over 390 awards, Charlotte Tilbury Beauty has become one of the top selling beauty brands in the world. By developing confidence-boosting skincare, makeup, and fragrance products, she aims to inspire people to feel and look their finest.

Pillow Talk Lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury Beauty is one make-up essential you should try. The formula is enriched with papaya extract and orchid extracts, which enhance your lips’ natural hue while hydrating and leaving a soft matte finish.

The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Beauty Light Wand is another product to add to your kit. Get the look of a glowing goddess or a real-life Instagram filter. Incorporating light-reflecting pearls, this wand enhances your radiant glow for a soft finish that makes you look radiant and photo-ready.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick – Pillow Talk, $48.03, Net-a-Porter

Stella McCartney

In her luxurious clothing, Stella McCartney uses innovative techniques and sustainable materials, such as organic cotton, forest-friendly fibres, recycled polyester, and regenerated cashmere.

The wedding dress that Megan Markle wore was also designed by her! Stella first rose to prominence as the Creative Director of Chloe in Paris.

It was in 2001 that she founded her own high-end fashion house. According to Stella McCartney, her look is about “sharp tailoring, natural confidence, and sexy femininity”. Additionally, her fashion house practices a fair and transparent supply chain, partnerships, and eco-friendly and vegan products while maintaining a responsible, honest, modern company.

Aside from this, she founded the Stella McCartney Cares Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation supporting sustainability and breast cancer awareness. For the environment-conscious consumer, Stella McCartney’s brand offers stunning accessories, fragrances, bags, shoes, and clothing to die for, that are all vegan.

Among Stella McCartney’s best-selling items is the iconic Falabella bag. The mini design makes it perfect for essentials, it’s made of vegetarian brushed leather, has gorgeous signature golden chains, and includes side pockets to keep your most important stuff in order.

Fans of music will enjoy Stella McCartney’s Beatles-inspired track pants, the Beatles Get Back intarsia cotton track pants. The pants are made from soft cotton, have an elasticised waist, tapered cuffs, and are intarsia knitted with Beatles references.

Stella McCartney Falabella Mini Vegetarian Brushed-leather Shoulder Bag, $695, Net-a-Porter


The Frankie Shop is owned by Gaëlle Drevet. In the brand, people are encouraged to look and feel like themselves. In 2014, her Lower East Side fashion boutique opened with a signature aesthetic about individuality, self-expression, and inclusivity at its core.

After starting her career as a journalist, Gaelle developed a love for fashion and became passionate about making a difference in the fashion industry by creating affordable garments aligned to her own minimalistic style.

The Frankie Shop offers stylish and timeless clothing for everyone, including women, men, and unisex options. As well as its own brand, it curates international brands such as Ganni and A.W.A.K.E. Mode.

The Audrey Pleated Cotton-Twill Mini Skirt is one of our favorite Frankie Shop pieces. With its cool girl utilitarian feel, cargo inspired pockets, sharp pleats, and belt loops, this piece is the perfect minimalistic piece to pair with whatever you already own!

For a cute cropped version of the classic white button-up, go for the Frankie Uma Cropped Cotton-Poplin shirt. It’s chic, is slightly longer at the back, is made from cotton poplin, and can be styled with anything from a cute pair of tailored pants to a sequinned mini skirt.

The Frankie Shop Audrey Pleated Cotton-twill Mini Skirt, was $175 now $122.50, Net-a-Porter

Amina Muaddi

Amina Muaddi is a luxury footwear brand known for bold designs, bright colors, sculptural and princess like heels. It’s the perfect brand for people who want statement shoes that capture a sophisticated and playful essence.

Amina Muaddi is the designer and founder of this name brand, she grew up in Jordan, Romania and Italy and was surrounded by shoe inspiration. She worked at fashion magazines before travelling to Paris and Italy. She launched her brand in 2018 and her shoes have been spotted on celebrities such as Rihanna and Rosie Huntington Whitley.

One of the winning pairs of heels you need to add to your wardrobe are the Rosie Pumps. Not only do these look like Cinderella’s glass slippers, they’re crafted in Italy with clear P.V.C, metallic leather and have a gorgeous embellished crystal bow and it will make you feel like you’re a princess.

For more everyday wear, the Dalida sandals are a great choice, made from black patent leather, stacked platform soles, curved heels and they’re just the right amount of minimalistic to style with any outfit but are still striking.

Amina Mauddi Rosie Glass Metallic Leather-trimmed Crystal-embellished PVC Pumps, $2,082.14, Net-a-Porter


Alighieri is a stunning jewellery brand created by London-based designer Rosh Mahtani and is inspired by/draws inspiration from the famous poet Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy”.

While studying at Oxford University, Rosh discovered resonance in her French and Italian literature studies and in Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy.” She became inspired by a one-day wax carving course that encouraged her to express her emotions differently.

Her label, Alighieri, was founded in 2014 and is known for creating modern heirlooms with fragments of imperfection and vulnerability inspired by Dante Alighieri. Each talisman has a story, inviting you to tell yours. This collection is constructed from recycled bronze, silver, or gold, using lost wax casing (a responsible practice), and represents one of Dante’s 100 poems.

With its gold-plated finish, the Tramonto opal necklace will be a stunning addition to your collection. There is something beautiful about this necklace’s story. Designed after Rosh Mahtani’s childhood in Africa and inspired by “the magic of pastel-hued skies after a rainfall on hot ground”, it features a gorgeous pink opal and is made from recycled gold plating!

There is also the Limitless Wanderer Scarf, which is a gorgeous addition to your collection. It’s an exquisite scarf that can be worn around the neck, looped through your hair, or worn as a belt. The silk twill jacket is made with OEKO-TEX®-certified inks, and it incorporates the brand’s designs and talismans you collect from your travels.

Alighieri The Tramonto Gold-plated Opal Necklace, $330, Net-a-Porter