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Do Politics Have a Place in Fashion Shows?

If NYFW is any indication, the answer is yes.

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Do Politics Have a Place in Fashion Shows?
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Post-New York Fashion Week, trends that took over the runway become pretty clear: perhaps a certain color kept popping up, or details like ruffles were a big hit. For this round of shows, however, things were…a bit different. Sure, there were styles that stole the spotlight, but they came in the form of political tees and inspiring messages—not “navy” or “higher necklines.”

While we're still a bit skeptical of commodifying activism, we're glad people are talking about issues that they're passionate about. It should also be noted that many designers have promised to donate proceeds to organizations like Planned Parenthood or ACLU (the American Civil Liberties Union), which is definitely a plus. It just goes to show that politics and fashion *can* go together—and it’s a pretty great match, too. 

Mara Hoffman recruited the co-founders of the Women's March on Washington to open her show with a speech.
Photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@marahoffman
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