The 18 Most Political Moments Of NYFW

Photograph courtesy of Prabal Gurung.

The fashion of politics

One of the most buzzed-about occurrences that emerged from this season's New York Fashion Week wasn't a trend (even though there were plenty of those) or even controversy, but a movement that had been only occasionally been touched on before by a select few fashion designers: politics.

Designers, to an unheard of extent, tackled the current political climate head-on this past week, with many sending out see now, buy now T-shirts emblazoned with political statements, with proceeds going to important causes; distributing CFDA x Planned Parenthood pins; and recruiting models of various races (including those from the "Muslim Ban" countries) and sizes. By sharing their messages of inclusivity and showing support for immigrants, LGBTQI+ community, and women's rights, these fashion creatives used the runway as a political podium to make their voices and beliefs heard, whether through actual clothing or verbal statements that accompanied the shows, turning the idea of fashion as being superficial entirely on its well-coiffed head.

Ahead, 18 of the most political statements made on the runways of NYFW. Being political never goes out of style.

Photograph courtesy of Mara Hoffman.

Mara Hoffman
One of the most moving and empowering collections of NYFW was presented by Mara Hoffman, who opened her show with a statement from the co-founders of the Women's March on Washington. What followed next was part show, part contemporary dance performance that allowed the audience a much-needed moment to reflect.

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video)

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.


"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."