FROM statement-making soundtracks (Cushnie et Ochs had ‘The Future Is Female’ lyrics at their show) to Planned Parenthood buttons (Milly founder Michelle Smith, Adam Selman, Diane von Furstenberg and Anna Wintourhave all been spotted wearing them) New York Fashion Week is unusually politically-charged this season. What follows is an interesting examination of the potency of the fashion runway as medium for protest.
How efficient will it be? Christian Siriano turned to Depeche Mode for guidance, printing ‘People are People’ on a T-shirt partnered with a silk pink skirt; Prabal Gurung, an a designer of Nepalese heritage sent out a finale of T-shirts printed variously with ‘Revolution has no borders’, ‘I am an immigrant’ and ‘I am a Rosa’. Then came Public School, with the adaptation of the Trump slogan we were all waiting for: ‘Make America New York’ was embroidered over red caps and red sweaters, Republican heartland-style. It was an easy conversion on Instagram – if not the most subtle.
As for our favourite fashion putsch so far? Alexander Wang‘s No After-Party tights espoused a grim post-Obama realism. That he furnished the audience with Peroni all the same seemed cause for celebration. Let them drink beer.
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