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.
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.