New York Fashion Week Trend: Politics
2017 - this has definitely been an interesting year for the U.S. - even if you just catch a couple of minutes of news a day, you are probably aware of all of the political talk that is going on in the U.S. I am not going to get into politics per say, but I do want to chat about fashion week. This year's Fall 2017 runway shows just ended in New York City and there were certainly some political statements throughout the shows. Both Kathy and I are not picking sides, but I wanted to share some of the statements that the hottest designers made on the runway last week.
Politics in Fashion Week: CFDA & Planned Parenthood
One of the first major statements made by the fashion industry is when the CFDA publically showed its support for Planned Parenthood by creating large, pink buttons that said, "Fashion stands with Planned Parenthood. The pins were seen in the front row at some of the top shows during fashion week.
Politics in Fashion Week: Prabal Gurung
The show's notes stated that the inspiration for his newest collection began with the question, "What does it mean to say a woman should 'dress like a woman'?". Women's rights are being spoken about all over the world and his collection was centered around women of America and Nepal during the 1940's. Gurung's collection used blurred camouflage prints fabric ruching to highlight a women's curves.
Gurung concluded his show to the song, "Imagine" by John Lennon and each model wore a piece from his newest collection along with a t-shirt with a message on it - some models accessorized with the bandana of unity as well. Some of the t-shirts read: "the future is female", "3 million", "feminity with a bit", "my boyfriend is a feminist", "love is the resistance, "stay woke", and so so many more!
Politics in Fashion Week: Business of Fashion
The U.K.-based online fashion publication, Business of Fashion launched its #TiedTogether campaign at the Los Angeles based Tommy Hilfiger runway show to establish the white bandana as a symbol of believing in the common bonds of humans.
This theme continued on the East Coast at Calvin Klein's show as well. Attendees at Calvin Klein's show received white bandanas accompanied with a note that said, "Unity, inclusion hope and acceptance: Join us at Calvin Klein wearing the white bandana #TiedTogether". During that shows, which was also Raf Simon's debut collection for the brand, opened and closed to the song "This Is Not America" by David Bowie. All with a model wrapped in an American flag.
Politics in Fashion Week: Jonathan Simkhai
Jonathan Simkhai is one of my favorite designers and this year his collection showed feminine strength by combining the elements of romantic corsetry and traditional matador uniforms. The show stated, "With women across the globe asserting their right to equality, Simkhai felt the need to create a look that would mirror the fortitude of their voices". At the very end of his show, Simkhai made his stance clear by sporting a t-shirt that said "Feminist AF".
Politics in Fashion Week: Christian Siriano
At the Plaza Hotel during Christian Siriano's runway show, a model strutted down the runway wearing a pink, silk skirt and a black t-shirt that read, "People are people". The finale walk to his show to the song "People Are People" by Depeche Mode also earned Siriano a standing ovation. This is not the first time the designer filled his runway with statements, he is also known to use models of all shapes, sizes and ages.
Politics in Fashion Week: Public School
When it came time for Public School to showcase its designs at New York Fashion Week, the brand used this opportunity to include political messages within its designs. Within its show, there were red New Era caps that read, "Make America New York" - an obvious play on President Trump's "Make America Great Again" caps. Models also wore sweatshirts down the runway with a picture of Michael Jordan on the front along with the phrase, "we need leaders" on the back.
It is always important to remember that no matter what your political beliefs are, you should always respect another's opinion and that violence is not the answer for anything. You don't have to agree with every person you speak to, but hear them out and discuss it - everyone should act like adults in any situation. Especially situations where children are very well aware as to what is going on and how their parents and fellow adults are acting.