1. Many Shows Tackled the Political Climate
Who says fashion is just about the clothes? This week, several New York designers used their shows to send messages (some subtle — others much more overt) about the Trump administration and the political atmosphere in general. Public School showed red baseball caps that read “Make America New York,” while the designer Adam Lippes made signs and displayed them outside his Washington Square Park home, where the Planned Parenthood march took place later that day. And at Prabal Gurung, the designer closed his show by sending models out in a series of T-shirts with messages such as “I Am an Immigrant” and “Revolution Has No Borders.”
2. Raf Simons Had a Super-Strong Debut
The most anticipated show of the week was Raf Simons’s debut at Calvin Klein — and it lived up to all the expectations. What most thought would be an exercise in minimalism turned out to be anything but. From the show venue (designed by his friend and collaborator Sterling Ruby) to the collection, which riffed on American style — power suits, varsity sweaters and quilts — and the presence of the newly launched denim and underwear campaign, Simons made a powerful first statement for the relaunch of Calvin Klein. And if that wasn’t enough, the brand hosted an afterparty rave at its Garment District headquarters that lasted into the wee hours of the night. Now that’s what I call a debut.
Read the full story here