Throughout history, fashion week has served as a vehicle for major designers and influencers to share their political views through their collections, and this season was no exception. Fashion week has become the platform to share opinions on topics ranging from the Trump presidency to the immigration ban in the form of slogan tees, subtle embroidering, signage, pins and music.
At first glance, it might not look like politics played a role in influencing the hair and makeup choices debuted during New York Fashion Week Fall 2017. What’s political about a slew of low ponytails and natural texture? But upon further investigation talking to key stylists backstage, the trend towards embracing individuality seems to stem from the discontent with the worlds’ current state of affairs.
The idea of acceptance, love, and embracing ourselves–and each other–directly impacted the models’ hair backstage from show to show. It was less about forcing the models to fit into a certain beauty mold, and more about letting each individual girl shine. Curls were left in tact, waves were enhanced and straight hair looked effortless as if it had air dried–creating a melting pot of unique beauty that echoes the sentiments which this country was built upon.
“There is so much conversation everywhere. ‘What is our statement? How do we feel? What is beauty? What is fashion? What does this climate mean for us as a business? How do we feel?’… said key stylist Jon Reyman backstage at Leanne Marshall. “Everyone is having that conversation.”
And he’s right–industry professionals throughout fashion week donned the CFDA’s “Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood” pins and t-shirts. Public School sent their own political message down the runway suggesting that all of America should be as inclusive as New York. We can only hope, right?
“I think the whole world is kind of changing. I think it’s about standing up about what you believe in and what you are,” said Antoinette Beenders backstage at Tome. “And its not about all being a site zero anymore. I think everything is fashion and celebrating individuality and not confirming. I quite like it because we’re all different.”
Diversity went beyond just the hair–models of all shapes, sizes ethnicities and ages took to the catwalk this season, including models Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine who popped up in major shows like Michael Kors and Tome.
We are all about celebrating individuality and hope to see this trend continue to evolve next season!
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