Today’s the day. Thousands, if not millions, of Americans will make their way to the polls to cast their vote in the midterm elections.
Not to be dramatic, but the future lies in our hands. It’s up to us to make a change—and we’re not the only ones who feel this way. According to Politico, more than 36 million voters cast their ballots ahead of Election Day this year, surpassing 2014’s early voter poll stats by 8.8 million. If anything, these numbers prove that this election is unique.
Even the fashion industry is pushing the vote: Levi’s is selling limited-edition “Vote” t-shirts, Patagonia Inc. has completely closed for the day, and other companies are providing transportation to the polls. This election cycle has brought literally everyone together for one good cause—change.
If you need some inspiration to get out there, here are 5 of the best fashion moments urging us to stay informed and be an active participant.
Talbot Runhof – Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017/2018
Talbot Runhof closed its show with colorful knits embellished with a few oh-so-familiar words, including “persist,” “unpresidented,” and “Sad!”
“With all of the lies, the fake news, and alternative facts, we wanted to do a collection about truth,” Talbot co-founder Johnny Talbot told Vogue. “If you have a platform to say something and you don’t, then shame on you.”
Tommy Hilfiger – Spring 2017 Women’s Runway Show
Tommy Hilfiger participated in BOF’s #TiedTogether campaign by adorning his models with white bandannas in “support of human unity and inclusiveness amidst growing uncertainty and a dangerous political narrative peddling division on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Missoni – Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017/18
The Women’s March hot-pink pussyhat showed up in Milan at the end of Angela Missoni’s Fall 2017 show. Her hand-knit pieces, which featured her family’s signature zig-zag prints and bold stripes, made her message unmistakably clear—women’s rights are human rights.
Philipp Plein – NYFW Fall/Winter 2017/2018
To say Philipp Plein’s 2017/2018 women’s and men’s fashion show was a lot is an understatement, but here’s what we know: Attendees were greeted by models dressed like the Statue of Liberty, the Naked Cowboy was there, and to make things even weirder, he had a few Elvis impersonators thrown in the mix.
Christian Siriano NYFW Fall/Winter 2017/2018
Christina Siriano clad models in a black graphic t-shirt that read “People are People,” while speakers blared the well-known and similarly titled Depeche Mode song.