Designers used their runways to send a powerful message about feminism and inclusivity this season. “With people all around us putting up barriers, I think fashion tried to break those down and embrace everyone regardless of age, size, or religion,” said hairstylist Guido. We saw women of all ages and sizes walk the runway. There was Simone Rocha, who cast models in their 70s, and Michael Kors, who asked Ashley Graham to walk. At Missoni, models walked the finale wearing pink pussy hats, the new symbol of the women’s rights movement, while at Dior, models wore leather berets, a hat synonymous with revolution and rebellion. And it also marked the first season in which a Muslim model—Halima Aden—walked the runways in New York and Milan wearing a hijab. The beauty looks also played into all of this, with hair and makeup looks celebrating individuality. For example, at Prada, makeup artist Pat McGrath and the designer sent a message about wearing makeup in today’s world: “We’re using it as a statement and as a form of self-expression,” she said. “Not to please other people.”
Clockwise from top left: A model at Simone Rocha, Halima Aden at Max Mara, a model at Christian Dior, Ashley Graham at Michael Kors, a pussy hat at Missoni, and Bella Hadid.