Political Fashion: 10 Designers Who Took A Stand At NYFW

BY Samantha Hamilton Rushforth / Feb 14 2017 / 16:49 PM

Feminism, immigration and inclusion were more than just t-shirt slogans

Political Fashion: 10 Designers Who Took A Stand At NYFW

No longer just controlled by those in political fields, government policies are now public property to debate. With the recent travel and Planned Parenthood sanctions fashion insiders, editors and designers are standing up for their own beliefs and displaying a united voice of resistance to the world. Bazaar reveals the top 10 designers at New York Fashion Week who pledged their allegiance to peace... 

1. Tommy Hilfiger

Despite telling Women's Wear Daily last November that any designer "should be proud to dress Melania Trump," Tommy Hilfiger tied a white bandana around the wrist of all his models at his recent Tommy X Gigi show in collaboration with Gigi Hadid and encouraged all attendees to do the same and show their support using the hashtag #tiedtogether, an initiative created by Business Of Fashion, promoting unity regardless of ethnicity, race or gender. 

Tommy Hilfiger

2. Adam Lippes

Standing with Planned Parenthood was the important message Adam Lippes wanted to convey before, after and during his presentation. Handmade by the designer himself and his team, he posed with models and the signs displaying slogans including 'Women's Rights Are Human Rights' and 'My Body, My Choice' on his Instagram account

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3. Adam Selman 

The celeb-loved designer (Rihanna's see-through sequin dress, anyone?) took a bow wearing black dungarees and a bright pink badged proclaiming 'Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood.' He also displayed a homemade sign saying 'Girl Power' outside of his house where he showed a private presentation of his most recent collection to fashion editors and stylists. 

Adam Selman

4. Creatures Of Comfort

Standing up for the rights of immigrants and refugees, Creatures of Comfort added a long-sleeved t-shirt to their runway presentation bearing the sentiment, 'We Are All Human Beings.' Giving half of the proceeds from the sale of the top to the National Immigration Law Center, the fashion house also promoted the piece on their social media sites with the hashtag #ClimateChangeIsReal


5. Raf Simons Calvin Klein

The former Dior lead made sure his debut for Calvin Klein was headline-worthy not only with a sleek new makeover for the fashion house but also by opening the show to the soundtrack of 'This Is Not America' by David Bowie. In contrast to the song, fabrics printed with the American flag were hung from the ceiling and the lining of certain skirts and coats the walked down the runway also featured the flag's iconic stars and stripes.  

Calvin Klein

6. Public School

Editing Donald Trump's infamous campaign slogan 'Make America Great Again' to 'Make America New York Again,' Public School took back the red hat now synonymous with the President's attire. The label also paired the hats with matching cropped jumpers bearing the same slogan and t-shirts declaring 'We Need Leaders.' 


7. Tome

Using the hashtag #GuerillaGirls, New York-based label Tome made their statement loud and clear with jackets declaring 'The Advantages Of Being A Woman Artist.' Well-known for their #madeforwomenbywomen agenda, the brand stood up for feminism in their clothing, music choices and silhouettes, openly discussing how the created the collection with hourglass-shaped women in mind.  

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8. Prabal Gurung

Saving the best for last, Prabal Gurung had every model in his finale walk the runway to the Beatles song 'Imagine' in a pro-feminism t-shirt. Different slogans including 'I Am Michelle,' 'The Future Is Female, and 'I Am Coretta.' The designer himself even proudly took at bow wearing a white t-shirt declaring 'This Is What A Feminist Looks Like.' 

Prabal Gurung

9. Christian Siriano 

Catching onto the t-shirt trend the project runway alum finished his show with a black top stating 'People are People,' paired with a silk purple maxi skirt. Promising to give all proceeds from the sale of the t-shirt to ACLU, it immediately sold out on his eponymous website and is now only available at Leggo Your Ego, a site dedicated to political merchandise. 

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10. Supreme

Reminding the country of what was, Supreme payed homage to the administration of Barack Obama with a collection dedicated to the former president. Printing Obama's face on trousers, anoraks and t-shirts, the brand, which also recently collaborated with Louis Vuitton, also reads underneath the image 'Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States.' 

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Anna Wintour and Diane Von Furstenberg 

The editor-in-chief of American Vogue and iconic designer and CFDA board member Diane Von Furstenberg showed their support from the front row with pink 'Fashion Supports Planned Parenthood' pins. Very on-trend. 

Anna Wintour and Diane Von Furstenberg