Considering America just experienced a new election, it is inevitable that everyone, more specifically major figureheads and celebrities, will share their very strong viewpoints and ideas with the public. As I’ve been following designers through the various fashion weeks, it is extremely hard not to notice the political messages that are storming the runway.
Although designers have been political in the past, this is the year the designers and creative directors basically screamed, “F**k it” and went all out! The most in your face politically fueled show I’ve seen is Namilia. The anti-Trump apparel was not only creative, but purposefully designed to make the statement that America, under the rule of Donald Trump, has a “doomsday” approaching. The bold “Trumpocalypse” print that adorned more than one piece of their clothing certainly got my attention.
But there are less in your face, or “offensive” messages in other collections. Let’s consider Dior’s collection. The $700 “We Should All Be Feminists” T-Shirts were all the rave because of the recent rise in women’s rights and feminist movements. Dolce & Gabbana has introduced a collection of clothing that incorporates Hijabs for the Muslims that wear luxury fashion, and Muslim models in their campaigns.
One more example is Balenciaga’s use of Bernie Sander’s campaign design. The subtle use of his design for their campaign clearly states their siding. Most designers have publically taken their position as far as which candidate they preferred. They continue to push their agenda, and it seems like this year is the year that inspired designers to speak out as loud as they want.