The Spring/Summer 2019 shows, which happened towards the tail end of last year, were many, many things. While the majority of designers continued with the memo ‘you do you’, what united them was their search for an expression of female empowerment.
Running concurrent with the collections, the Kavanaugh proceedings provided the socio-political lens through which the fashion sorority viewed – and, we’ll readily admit, judged – every show!
Heated discussions were definitely had. Celine-gate sparked the white-hot debate about female authorship and agency versus that of the male designers who would define them.
And age-old bugbears such as white privilege, body negativity and ageism looked all the more unacceptable for it – even if diversity and inclusion on the runways was at an all-time high (with behind-the-scenes still very much a work in progress).
The question of how designers envision women, what a woman wears and the image she projects has become a political hot potato. The big takeaway from the season? To value those visions that really are attuned to reflecting our truth in some way so that we can do us.