While graphic T-shirts have been in the mix for some time now, the runways and streets of NYFW17 sparked a new spin on a wardrobe favorite. Among the classic logo tees appeared tees with a purpose – and they made quite a statement.
From the noticeably more diverse runways to the famous style of the city streets, protest tees were a common sight. From Prabal Gurung‘s “The Future is Female,” “Love Is The Resistance,” and “We Will Not Be Silenced” tees to the bold “People Are People” T-shirt that closed Christian Siriano‘s show, it’s clear that making political statements was much more than just another trend at New York Fashion Week.
“I just felt like it was nice to end the show on a little bit of a cleansing idea,” Christian Siriano told The Hollywood Reporter backstage after his Fall 17 show. “People are people, we should all be celebrated in our own way. It’s very simple. It’s not that hard to do and I think that that’s what it was about.”
During a time of social upheaval in our country, designers are making their presence known and speaking for those who, otherwise, would not be heard. This current state of politics has been a driving force for many collections this season, with the empowering “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt emerging out of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior and Raf Simons dropping a very American-inspired collection on the Calvin Klein runway. In its long history, the fashion world has always provided the perfect platform for those in it to speak up for what they believe in. Today, that still remains true.
Find a few of our favorite protest tees below from Fashion Week and beyond. Enjoy!
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