After hundreds of people taking to the streets to protest various social issues, expressions of emotions seem to have now found its place on the ramp. This season’ fashion weeks turned political as designers took to the ramp to communicate anti-Trump sentiments, animal cruelty and viewpoints on feminism using clothes, props and music to express their thoughts.
New York Fashion Week
Designer duo Dao Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne are not ones to shy away from using the runway as a communicative platform. Following their stint with DKNY, the duo showcased a collection mainly consisting of caps and tops printed with the slogan, “Make America NewYork”, a twist on Donald Trump’s catch line “Make America great again”.
Creatures of Comfort
Creative director Jade Lai presented a collection of limited edition t-shirts mocking the current tumultuous political environment. The collection spoke against the immigration ban, protested the xenophobic statements of the Trump administration and emphasized the importance of unity and equity among other important social issues.
Milan Fashion Week
Angela Missoni sent models strutting down the runway wearing pink knitted hats to protest anti-Trump sentiments. The pink hats were meant to symbolise support for women, to mainly answer to Trump’s act of inappropriately touching women. Once the show had ended, Angela Missoni, along with her mother and other supporters joined the models on the ramp with the song ‘‘Power of the people’’ playing in the background.
This might have been the final collection of creative designer Donatella Versace, who didn’t leave a chance to jump on the bandwagon and express her strong views through her collection. Her collection was mainly a depiction of her own values and belief system. The collection was essentially made up of knit beanies, dresses and pleated silk skirts with the phrases ‘Love’, ‘Equality’ and ‘Loyalty’ imprinted on it.
London Fashion Week
You know it is time for LFW when London is bustling with fashion folk glamorously dressed from head to toe in quirky statement attire. Ashish took the crowd by surprise with a collection full of colour with sentiments of equality boldly printed on them.
Amongst all the loudness on the ramp, this designer chose to mirror issues in a more interesting way. His stunning show had darkly dolled up models walking the ramp in a dystopian environment to Donald Trump’s "Build a wall" playing on loop.
Paris Fashion Week
Unlike the spring collection, there were no slogan tees from Dior this time but the message of female empowerment was loud and it clearly flashed on the runway. The highlight of the show was a model wearing a beautiful leather beret, along with a navy blue hooded jacket and a cross body sling symbolising a sword.
Known for sustainable luxury fashion, the impressive designer laid out a collection of garments emphasizing new skin free fashion.
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