We are approaching 2018 and if you still think that fashion and runway shows are all about A-listed models walking the ramp for lavish designers in quirk sequins or silhouettes, then we think you all need to have a massive reality check on this. This year, politics and gender equality became the new black for designers to showcase their stand on the fact that if you aren't supporting and/or looking after one another then you are outmoded. From Indian designers displaying their art with a social activism message to making a dig on the government bigwigs by designers globally, we bring to you this year's most outrageous runway moments that one could easily mistake the political spectacle for a fashion-forward march. 1) Casting of plus size & transgender models
This year's runway showed a good number of plus size models walking the runway for many designers like Ashley Graham walked for Michael Kors. In India, Lakme Fashion Week W/F 17 designed apparels for plus-sized men and women. Candice Huffine for Prabal Gurung, Iskra Lawrence walked for Christian Siriano. But what turned out to be a welcome change was when Indian ramp witnessed its first transgender model Anjali Lama walking the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week Summer 2017 collection. Lama is currently a popular face on the cover of major leading fashion magazines.
Photo: Prathamesh Bandekar 2) More feminists than ever
The most talked about show in NYFW 17 was Prabal Gurung's. Making a major impact on fashion critics worldwide and striking a chord with every possible fashion fanatic, his collection was clearly a celebration of feminism. With strong rousing graphics on his t-shirts that said "never the less she persisted, the future is female, we will not be silenced" etc. It was definitely one of the strongest runways of the season. At India Runway Week 17, designers Arija Bajaj, Ankur J and jewellery designer Akassh K Aggarwal, grabbed the attention of the Indian audience by dedicating their collection to the stigmas and discrimination associated with a widow about her dressing and beauty after her beloved dies. Also on the third day of Runway week, Akassh K Aggarwal devoted his artwork to the "Changing Phase of Feminism".
Photo: Facebook/Prabal Gurung 3) Celebrating Indianism
When a Delhi born designer, Ashish Gupta came up with his collection that showed Indian tradition in an embroidery and sequin work in saris, churidars and salwars everyone was awestruck. When asked about his inspiration for the show he simply said: "Tonight, I wanted to celebrate Indian culture, because it is also such an integral part of British culture". His collection not only celebrated Indian culture but also portrayed how beautiful the world can be without the hate crimes.
While in India, the leading designers, Anita Dongre, Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal and many more came together and did a show named 'Symphony of Weaves' that encouraged the concept of Make in India and promoted the Indian heritage through clothes.
Photo: Yogesh Chawda 4) Political Parodies
Keeping in mind the latest political climate in the United States of America, creative directors of Public School NY, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne opted for a parody approach for mocking the Trump Government with quotes like "We Need Leaders" and "Make America New York". Because it's just not the Americans who will face the repercussions but so many other immigrants have been troubled. So their effort stood up with celebrating peace and love.
Photo: Instagram/publicschoolnyc 5) White Bandanas Everywhere
The simple accessory is signifying a bigger movement in fashion Industry today. Since ace designer Tommy Hilfiger and supermodel Gigi Hadid collaborated and came up with the TommyxGigi collection, the internet was taken over by the news of their amazing collection. But their SS 17 collection was not only about portraying the West Coast fashion but more about standing up for common bonds of humankind, regardless of their race, sexuality, gender or religion.
Photo: Instagram/tommyxgigi 6) Supporting Immigrants
Many shows this year on the runway supported immigration on a bigger level. But Christian Siriano was one such designer who triggered the countrymen's emotions by making one of the models walk in his graphic t-shirt saying "people are people" and paired it with a pink silk skirt in his Fall'17 collection.
Photo: Facebook/Depeche Mode