New York Fashion Week Showed Us That Designers Are Woke Too

When some determined people are passionate about a certain topic or social problem, there is no stopping them from getting their voices heard.

People are still having a very hard time accepting the fact that Donald Trump is our president, displayed by the passionate protests on “Not My President’s Day.”

Last year’s New York Fashion week was all about buying the clothes off the runway, this year, it was all about political justice.

Designers used their clothing as an opportunity to show where they stand in this political climate. They used embroidery, sequences and graphic tees to get their message across.

With eyes on the hottest designers, the whole world got a taste of what it means to be “woke”.

Fall 2017 Collection

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The Row, by designers Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, made their Fall 2017 extra captivating by embroidering the word “hope,” on the cuffs of the sleeves.

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The national co-chairs of the Women’s March also made an appearance at New York Fashion Week with designer Marah Hoffman who said,

“This show was a true dedication to that work and the women who make this country and planet so amazing.”

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Before designer Rio Uribe’s show, he made a powerful speech about the refugees on the streets.

He reminded people to be aware of the people who are in need and not to ignore them.

Behind the Scenes | Public School Fall '17 Collection "You're Welcome" #makeamericanewyork

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Streetwear Public School switched up Donald Trump’s famous phrase “Make America Great Again” to “Make America New York”.

Graphic tees with powerful messages never fail to get someone’s point across, especially paired with a daring bottom piece. Christian Siriana was one of the designers that paired a plain black tee with the words ” People Are People” with a long silky skirt.

Another way designers voiced their message was with the music they used for their show. Cushnie Et Ochs had the song “The Future is Female” play while women strutted the Fall 2017 collection.

Proud to see so many stand w/ @BoF to empower unity & solidarity around the world. #TiedTogether #TOMMYNOW

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Tommy Hilfiger put a white bandanna on all his model’s wrists to show that he is part of the #TiedTogether movement. The moment was started by the Business of Fashion.

“The Business of Fashion invites the fashion industry to stand together and make a clear statement of solidarity, unity and inclusiveness, and raise donations for the ACLU and UNHCR.”

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