NYFW: More Than Just a Fashion Show

Kaitlyn Parada, Entertainment Writer

New York Fashion Week has had all of New York City buzzing about the event and anticipating this season’s newest trends and creations. This week is the optimum time for designers to showcase their newest collection on the runway. The event includes collections by designers Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, and Sherri Hill.

“New York Fashion Week is a great event to see the latest fashion trends for the upcoming season and get inspiration,” said senior Keyla Virgilio.

The 2017 event was different from past years as it was filled with diversity and political statements. Several designers used fashion and art to display social and political activism throughout the show which ranged from women’s rights to freedom and democracy. For instance, Calvin Klein used a white bandanna to represent unity, hope, and acceptance during the airing of their collection. For the women’s fashion line, TOME, creative directors Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin sent one of their models down the runway wearing a pink Planned Parenthood pin in order to get their opinion on the matter heard. Other designers, such as Jonathan Simkhai and Jeremy Scott decided to seize the opportunity to get their voice heard as well by making subtle statements in their collection, on liberties and civil rights.

This year’s New York Fashion Week also featured the most diverse group of runway models ever seen before. For instance, it included 27 plus sized models such as Ashley Graham and Iskra Lawrence. Also, Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan made a political statement by only casting immigrant models for her show in response to the recent immigration policies passed in the United States.

It’s safe to say that this year’s New York Fashion Week not only inspired new trends but also activism and progression.