Ballet dancers in Diane von Furstenberg. (Corey Tenold/Vogue)
With Election Day looming, Fashion Week was bound to get political. Thanks to Conde Nast art director and staunch Democrat Anna Wintour, the fashion world rallied around Hillary Clinton and only Hillary Clinton.
Anna Wintour and HIllary Clinton. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Anna Wintour addresses the group in Jason Wu. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
Cohosting with Chelsea Clinton and Huma Abedin, Wintour kicked off NYFW with a fundraiser for the candidate,enlisting fifteen designers to present runway looks in the “Made for History” collection. These were not your ordinary campaign t-shirts — they were the kind of clothes one might want to wear out and about even when the election has long passed.
Designer Prabal Gurung and three models wear red, white, and blue with matching balloons. (Corey Tenold/Vogue)
Diane von Furstenberg walks the runway beside two dancers wearing her designs. (Aurora Rose/REX/Shutterstock)
Red, white, and blue reached new frontiers with kilts, abstract prints, cursive scrawl, berets, dressy denim, tie-dye, paisley, ditzy florals, piled-on layering, and even a sequinned evening skirt.
Marc Jacobs (fashionbombdaily.com). Altuzarra (Corey Tenold/Vogue)
Thakoon and Monique Pean. (Corey Tenold/Vogue)
Not that the flag colors were a requirement. Marchesa honored Clinton with sweeping ball gowns and elbow-length gloves.
Marchesa’s feminine grandeur. (Corey Tenold/Vogue; Amber Jamieson/The Guardian)
Demi Lovato strutted down the runway singing her hit “Confident” like a battle cry.
What’s wrong with being confident? (celebzz.com)
While the runway looks varied greatly from one another, the models did even more. Besides professional models, there were dancers, basketball players, a marching band, and even some children with their parents in tow. The audience was diverse as well, filled with everyday supporters who were neither famous nor employed by the fashion industry. It was truly a fashion show by the people, for the people.
Basketball players in “Make Herstory” shirts by Public School. (Corey Tenold/Vogue)
Ballet dancers in Jason Wu. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)