One important lesson the election has taught many of us is that anyone can be an activist. When New York Fashion Week rolled around, we waited to see what moves designers would make on the runway. How would they acknowledge the current political climate? Tommy Hilfiger kicked off the conversation with a show in LA that incorporated white bandanas (to show unity and inclusion) while the CFDA distributed pins in support of Planned Parenthood. No matter where you turned, most shows began and ended on a political note.
Likewise, models, celebrities, and influencers joined the conversation by whether wearing pink pins, a white bandana, or a shirt that said "F*ck Hate." Prior to NYFW, critics had chided the fashion industry for remaining silent on President Donald Trump's policies, but this community has never ignored the news; they were just waiting for the right time to speak out. And NYFW provided the perfect platform.