Show: TOMMY HILFIGER, TYKOON
Designer himself had a white bandana tied to the back of his jeans.
Surprisingly, it was Hilfiger who stated not so long ago that designers should not to be political about dressing Melania Trump and that every designer should be proud to dress her.
"human unity and inclusiveness amidst growing uncertainty and a dangerous narrative peddling division."
NYFW left me thinking that we might be at the brink of change and most of the NY designers use their fashion as a platform to take part in social injustices.
Inevitably for others it will be commerce's new outfit where a white bandana is just another 'it' accessory. The task is to tell one from another.
London hasn’t had to weigh in because it chose to focus less on politics more on inclusiveness making the whole event a lot more wearable yet not less significant.
It's the last AW Fashion Week before Brexit and capital becomes a rather pragmatic spirit.Yet if you were looking for light relief from the world’s moral issues you'd have been disappointed.
Inclusiveness has been at the heart of British fashion that brought designs you wanted to wear because they represent diversity (not because you want to get photographed in them).
I’m thinking specifically of the following; Ashnish, Fashion East, Teatum Jones and Simone Rocha.
Show: SIMONE ROCHA
Point in case: Age. A mindful choice of models represents the newest collection by Simone Rocha:
“I've played with the idea of masculinity and femininity, including the way we have cast the show, inclusive of different types of women.” We could see models in their 50s, 60s and 70s swaying ever so slightly in flowery dressed paired with heavy coats. There was no aesthetic clash here which only highlights that such sightings on the catwalk should be more common.
Show: TEATUM JONES, FASHION EAST
Point in case: Body. Designer duo of Cathrine Teatum and Rob Jones decided to work with every aspect of the human form.
Beautiful satin garments in mustard yellow, orange and midnight blue were sported by the diverse set of models; two of them being disabled. Kelly Knox, who was born without the lower left of her right arm and Jack Eyre’s who had his leg amputated when he was 16.
Fashion East’s four-part AW17 offering featured Winnie Harlow who has vitiligo; another example of catwalk casting that just felt more considered and inclusive.
Case in point: Trump.
Ashnish was the only show at LFW that had heavy political undertones. LOVE TRUMPS HATE themed collection filled with uplifting hues, hopeful messages and joy.