Across the globe, there’s been a large amount of political change taking place, from Britain deciding to leave the European Union, to the election of the new president in the United States. In light of such changes, the fashion industry has responded to the newly formed political environment, beginning with London Fashion Week Men’s Fall 2017 presentations.
Each collection made its debut with a variety of social and politically charged concepts behind them, whilst others expressed current issues, such as; the ever growing divided turmoil, deteriorating race relations, anti-immigration sentiment and growing income inequality.
Balenciaga F/W 2017 | Bernie Sanders, photography courtesy of owners
Creative director Demna Gvasalia presented Balenciaga Men’s Fall/Winter 2017 this month during Paris Fashion Week. Referencing Bernie Sanders through his never changing zig-zag tie and blue suit combo, the anti-Establishment, and self-proclaimed democratic socialists in some of the collections designs. Gvasalia certainly caught the attention of the fashion world.
Embedded in his most recent collection, Daniel W. Fletcher created a line of clothing referencing his opinion that the United Kingdom should remain in the EU. Fletcher is aware that fashion is something people in the world is heavily influenced by and therefore transforms his collections into vehicles to communicate current issues that need more attention.
Another designer that has responded to the current unsteady political and social climate is anarchistic designer Matthew Miller. His collection, titled “Fear Itself,” was a dark expression of the struggle to survive in such an environment. Models faces were covered with blood fused with parachute harnesses, leather motorcycle jackets holding aggressive black and red flags, as the show came to a close. Perhaps the modern-day equivalent of armour necessary for survival.
Considering the notion that not just the fashion industry, but all creative domains produce powerful responses to its environment, is positive to say the least. In the future, similar to how we look back to the Punk rock era, we’ll see the connection between social attitudes, music and fashion for this moment in time too.
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Fletcherhttp. W. D. SS/17 Collection. [Online] Available at://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/daniel-fletcher-london-collections-men-brexit [Accessed 31/01/2017]
Gvasalia. D. 2017. Fall Collection. [Online] Available at: http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2017-menswear/balenciaga/slideshow/collection#33 [Accessed 31/01/2017]