New York fashion week is taking place from February 9-17, 2017 for the Fall/Winter collections, but this time it involves a unique twist. Many models walked the runway wearing clothes which had messages promoting certain political viewpoints. The majority of the messages were related to feminist movements, anti-Trump campaigns, and quotes referring to the loss of humanity.
19-year-old model Bella Hadid walked the runway wearing a shirt which read, “The future is female” in the collection by designer Prabal Gurung. The designer featured an entire line of activist T-shirts inspired by his experience during the Women’s March he participated in January.
At the start of Mark Hoffman’s show, four of the co-founders of the Washington Women’s March were invited to appear on stage as an opening appearance before the models. The women were of diverse nationalities and backgrounds, uniting together to promote the strength of women worldwide.
Designer Jonathan Simkhai stepped out at the end of his show wearing a T-shirt with “Feminist AF” written on it. Though the acronym “AF” isn’t appropriate to define for all audiences, in brief it is the equivalent of showing strong support and dedication for a certain issue. He handed out shirts with the same design to the viewers in the front aisle of the runway in support of Planned Parenthood. He went ahead to donate $5 for each person participating as a viewer in this show to the cause.