New York Fashion Week Makes a Political Statement

By Cheyanne Mandeville

After this year’s abysmal election result it seems that every public event is a chance to make a political statement — 2017’s New York Fashion Week, held Feb. 9 – 16, was no exception. From protest signs to statement clothing to even teaming up with Planned Parenthood, designers used their platform to give a big F.U. to the new administration.


Models for Robert James Presentation. January 30, 2017.

Jeremy Scott mocks Trump’s red trucker hat — changing it to read “Make America New York” (which I am completely on board with!) Scott tells Vogue magazine his collection “embodies democracy for the rights that may be compromised for women, immigrants, people of  color, and diverse sexual orientations.”

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Model for Jeremy Scott sports “Make America New York” hat.

Prabal Gurung was one of the designers of Hillary Clinton’s campaign shirts so its no surprise that his collection is filled with feminist and political statements. I later found out Gurung is also a pioneer in introducing plus-size garments to mainstream fashion–so bonus points to him!

Model walks for designer Prabal Gurung, feminist & designer for Hillary Clinton campaign wear.

My FAVORITE designer from this year is Ashish Gupta, who basically doesn’t design anything that isn’t colorful, sequinned, and shamelessly political. Ashish also introduces “Ungendered clothing” — a common theme for many designers this year that proved men can wear his flashy designs, too.

ashish2.jpgMale models walk in Ashish Gupta’s ungendered clothing.
Ashish designs from Fashion Week 2017 make political statement.

Gucci continues the “ungendered clothing” trend showing females models in boxy jackets, pleated slacks, and neutral colors typically worn by men. Different from simply androgynous clothes, designers completely tore down typical gender-specific frames and colors.


Models pose in Gucci for Vogue 2017.

I LOVED seeing celebrities posing with their PP pins, created by “The Council of Fashion Designers of America” to show support for women’s rights. One member tells The NY Times, “I woke up the day after the election and the only way I could feel better was to say to myself, ‘What can I do to make a difference?'” She realized she had been complacent and decided to take matters into her own hands and stand up for a cause she truly believes in. The rest of the council agreed to make the pins–and they’re definitely getting the response they were looking for at NYFW.

fashion stands with.jpg‘Fashion Stand With Planned Parenthood” pins designed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America for NYFW 2017.


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