At the end of every runway show, designers appear for a quick bow or wave to the audience. On Thursday night, Jeremy Scott did his lap around the runway and used the opportunity to make a timely political statement. As he walked by his guests, Scott wore a homemade T-shirt with the message: "Tell Your Senator No on Kavanaugh," along with a Washington phone number for people to call to take a stand against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
The designer explained to the Associated Press that he was trying stand up for "women's rights, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, affirmative action — you know, it's all at stake with this one man."
Scott's message could not have been more timely as Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh wrapped up his four-day Supreme Court nominee hearing on Thursday. If confirmed, the 53-year-old will replace a retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. His election could have potential disastrous effects on Roe v. Wade and other issues for years to come. He also made headlines yesterday when he seemingly called birth control "abortion-inducing drugs." According to CNN, Kavanaugh has the lowest approval ratings as a Supreme Court nominee in the modern era. Maybe it's time to dial that number, now?
As for the other pieces in the spring 2019 collection, Scott says he was the inspiration for his "riot" and "power" slogan-covered sweaters. "Often we have muses for our fashion. I decided I was my own muse this season," he said.
This is not the first time, nor the last, a designer has made a political statement at fashion week. After Trump's inauguration in January 2017, designers like Prabal Gurung sent models down the NYFW runway in feminist slogan tees while at Missoni's show, Angela Missoni had her models (and show attendees) wear pink pussy hats. The accessory was synonymous with the Women's March on Washington in January.
Before this season's shows conclude on Wednesday, Sept. 12, look out for more hints of political messages in designer collections.
Stay In The Know
Marie Claire email subscribers get intel on fashion and beauty trends, hot-off-the-press celebrity news, and more. Sign up here.
Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's also had many opportunities to write content in other areas such as beauty, food, tech, and even home. Her previous fashion stints include POPSUGAR and Cosmopolitan.
Bella Hadid Finally Confirms She's a Beauty Brand Founder
Orebella arrives on May 2.
By Sophia Vilensky
Zendaya Wears Another Vintage Cyborg Look to the 'Dune: Part Two' Press Tour
She's got access to some of fashion's greatest archives.
By India Roby
Taylor Swift's New Style Era Includes Some Affordable Hidden Gems
The 'Tortured Poets' aesthetic revolves around under-$100 jewelry.
By Brooke Knappenberger
Meet the Fashion Designer Making Mistakes on Purpose
Jack Miner of Interior takes us inside his intentionally messy, chaotic world.
By Emma Childs
Colorful Cowboys and Celebs Galore: Pharrell William's Latest for Louis Vuitton Men's
A special shoutout goes to Williams' revamped Speedy bags.
By India Roby
This Under-the-Radar Jacket on Amazon Is My Newest Winter Obsession
And, no, it's not the "Amazon coat."
By Jaimie Potters
The Best Black T-Shirts to Buy In Bulk
Done right, the black tee is the most versatile item in your wardrobe.
By Taylor Ayers
30 Cozy and Covetable Blanket Scarves to Wrap Up In
It’s as cozy as can be.
By Sara Holzman
11 Graphic T-Shirts From Amazon You'd Actually Wear
Cheeky, not cheesy.
By Marina Liao
10 Oversized Denim Jackets You Can Live in Year-Round
Come for the timelessness, stay for the coziness.
By Gabrielle Ulubay
The 16 Best Flared Jeans for Women
Blue jeans, baby.
By Sara Holzman