Hillary Clinton May Have Secretly Inspired New York Fashion Week

Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP/REX/Shutterstock.
As New York Fashion week closed, the Washington Post's Robin Givhan posed an interesting question: "Hillary Clinton, style icon?"

Givhan's point is not literally about pantsuits and tailored jackets. She is talking about fashion that speaks to independence, confidence, and, in her words, "power."

Designers such as Michael Kors and Derek Lam showed collections that spoke to this theme. Lam told the Post that his muse was the artist Georgia O'Keeffe, a woman not recognized for traditional beauty, but talent and strength.

So what does this have to do with Clinton? For the first time in history, a woman is making stump speeches for a major party. Whether you support her or not, she represents that mood that Givhan describes at NYFW. "[Designers] have refused to be caught up in all the old clichés of polished jackets and below-the-knee skirts," she writes.

It's not just isolated to New York or Fashion Week. In our F*CK The Fashion Rules series, we have been examining how women are dressing today, despite, or in spite of, the so-called rules. We showcased a group of women in Florida knocking it out of the park with fantastical handbags. Our staff got in on the act by talking about what fashion rules it breaks on the regular.

Denise Bidot, a model and actress, took aim at this piece of conventional wisdom: "One of the most bogus rules I've ever heard is that a woman must always be on-trend to be considered fashionable."

That brings us back to Hillary. She's out there doing her thing. She has her own style and she owns it. Isn't that what we all want to do?
Advertisement

More from Celebs & Influencers

The cast of Stranger Things is continuing its world tour of stealing your heart. First, Millie Bobby Brown took over the front row of New York Fashion ...
With close to 4 million followers on Instagram, Aimee Song (a.k.a. Song of Style) knows how to take a pretty decent photo. The Los Angeles-based interior ...
Last year, the lingerie line Frederick's of Hollywood closed all its stores after going bankrupt. But now, it's making a resurgence with a little help ...
"You can be whoever you want to be." If you grew up in an atmosphere of gold stars and participation trophies, you probably heard this on loop. You, little...
On September 20, 2016, our faith in love was tested by the sound of Brangelina's earth-shattering divorce. If we're being honest, we've yet to recover. But...
Kendall, we need to talk. And I think you know why. Your latest Vogue spread — which, need I remind you, is your fifth this year — is...problematic. Here...
Lane Bryant’s second installment of its This Body campaign, for fall 2016, dubbed “#ThisBody Is Made to Shine,” just dropped today. This time around, there...
(Paid Content) Snap, filter, post, repeat. In today's social-media-saturated landscape, sharing photos online is as ubiquitous as brushing one's teeth or ...
In news that would have made your high school boyfriend very happy, John Mayer has come out with his own line of jewelry. Because why not? This new line is...
We may be more than a month out from Halloween, but Willow Smith already has your to-be-determined costume beat — in a photo shoot, no less. In the ...
Unfortunately, fashion doesn't always cater to plus-size women, and according to Aidy Bryant, that applies even if you're a celebrity walking the red ...
While young models like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid may be dominating pop culture, Gucci is here to remind the world that beauty doesn't have an age ...
The final outcome of hours (and hours) of a celebrity readying for a red-carpet event is typically flawless. Every detail of the outfit has been agonized...
What kind of next act can an OG supermodel like Kate Moss have after years and years of dominating the industry? Starting her own modeling agency, ...