While Silicon Valley leaders presented a largely unified front in opposition to Trump's executive order on immigration, our own industry leaders have been comparatively silent, and some people within fashion's ranks are frustrated.
But for those not content to stay quiet — with regard to shifting attitudes toward immigration or other issues arising from the current political climate — new ways to make a statement are beginning to surface. The CFDA has organized a "Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood" initiative to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofit organization facing potential defunding, complete with pins bearing the movement's slogan. And on Wednesday, Business of Fashion announced that it is launching its own fashion month push, entitled #TiedTogether, in a bid to promote inclusivity, diversity and unity.
BoF is asking designers, publicists, models, influencers, hair and makeup artists and more — many of whom it features on its influential site — to wear white bandanas to runway shows as a "sign to the world that we believe in unity and inclusivity for all humankind." While the media organization is reaching out to many of the industry's key players to ask for support, it's also extending an open invitation to fashion professionals and fans to participate by wearing white bandanas and posting on social media with the hashtag #TiedTogether. The publication also clarified, "This is not a political statement, it is a positive statement in support of humanity."
"In fashion, visuals often speak louder than words," BoF founder Imran Amed wrote in a letter to the media. He admonished readers to "make a simple and singular visual statement: wear a white bandana as a sign to the world that you believe in the common bonds of humankind — regardless of race, sexuality, gender or religion."
The initiative will kick off with Tommy Hilfiger's runway show in Los Angeles Wednesday night at 5 p.m. EST, which will feature models wearing white bandanas on the runway. Considering that heavyweight designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Thakoon have all signed on to join the movement as well, it's not hard to imagine that the idea could gather steam off the runway, too.