American president Donald Trump has made a number of enemies since his appointment and with a host of celebrities having already used their spotlight to call out the president, designers at New York Fashion week were not about to be outdone.
Fashion designers across the globe used the show, which is one of the most anticipated of the fashion calendar, as their chance to be able to showcase their stance towards some of the comments and suggestions that the president had made since winning the election, including that much spoken about wall between the American border and Mexico.
Arguably one of the biggest brands in the world also saw their chance to make a statement of their beliefs, with Raf Simons using his first Calvin Klein show to deliver a public message to the president, both through his creations as well as through his choice of music, playing ‘This is not America’ from open to close.
Other brands such as Prabal Gurung and LRS Studio too made noise when their moment in the spotlight came, again showing a stance against the comments, plans and thoughts that the president had made openly for the whole world to hear.
Although the likes of Raf Simons were less than considerate towards maintaining the impact that their message would have on their showcase, other well known brands were also involved in making a symbol of unity against Trump, with models at Tommy Hilfiger including Bella and Gigi Hadid opting to wear white bandanas on their wrists as part of a more understated stance.
With a clear lack of support for the plans of Trump showcased across the catwalk, one of the more obvious shows of discontent came from Raul Solis, a Mexican born designer for LRS Studio, who sent his model down the catwalk wearing knickers that brandished a number of direct messages to the president, including ‘F*uck your wall’ and ‘No ban. No wall!’.
In what was clearly one of the most politically driven New York Fashion week’s ever held, designers caused quite a stir, using the popularity of fashion to push out their message to both Donald Trump and the world.