New York Fashion Week is all about risk-taking collections, and this season’s designers used their art to make political statements.
Their messages were heard loud and clear, whether referring to Planned Parenthood, immigration or religious inclusion. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite politically charged fashion looks below.
Public School fall ’17 opened up their show with a model rockin’ a bright red cap stating, “Make America New York,” a play off of President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan hats. Many consider New York one of the most diverse, inclusive and progressive cities in the country. Designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi took a chance with the hats, offering a reminder of the dramatic changes happening in Washington.
Unlike many designers, who ignore the fact that one-fourth of U.S. women is plus-size, Cristian Soriano chose to celebrate figure diversity. All the models reflected body positivity and unity, with one top stating, “People Are People.”
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) launched a Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood pin that many designers accessorised their models with this season. Designer Tracey Resse, who is a board member of the CFDA, told NBC New York that “Planned Parenthood is often the only option for this type of care in underserved communities.” She added: “By creating a visually engaging and fashionable pin, we hope to create an organic social media movement promoting awareness and education.” She wasn’t alone with this campaign, either. More than 40 designers and fashion brands sported the pink pins, such as Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Spade New York, Tory Burch and more.
Inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, Nepal-bred designer Prabal Gurung included a diverse set of models wearing T-shirts with slogans stating, “The Future Is Female,” “We Will Not Be Silenced” and “Nevertheless She Persisted.” The supermodels included Puerto Rican bombshell Joan Smalls making a strong feminist statement.
Despite Tommy Hilfiger saying he’d be honored to dress Melania Trump, he used the TommyXGigi runway show to make a statement that contradicts with the first lady’s husband’s rhetroic and policies. He dressed his models’ wrists in white bandanas as part of The Business of Fashion’s Tied Together campaign, which symbolizes the support of human unity and inclusiveness amid Trump-instilled hate and uncertainty.
Creatures of Comfort sent out their models in blue shirts saying, “We Are All Human Beings.” This statement is similar to the white bandana, expressing unity and solidarity across religious communities.
With tensions high across the U.S. around Trump’s Muslim ban and border wall proposal, one designer tackled the anxiety head-on. At the lrs show, models wore underwear with the slogan “No Ban, No Wall” under open coats and thigh-high boots.
Indonesian fashion designer Anniesa Hasibuan made a statement on the current administration’s stance on immigration early on when she held a casting call seeking models who are immigrants or first-second generation. “I was inspired by the story life of women who have the power to change weaknesses into strengths and upholds the ethic as a true women. The combination of materials and colors created the beauty of women,” she wrote on Instagram. The collection shed light on the Muslim ban and made a beautiful statement against it.
BY ASHLEY JIMENEZ | Latina.com