Politics Comes to the New York Runways

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Politics Comes to the New York Runways
Should celebrities wear all-black to the Oscars? Ever since the Golden Globes, when they did exactly that (or most of them did) in support of Time’s
Up, the movement to combat sexual harassment and gender inequality, this has
been a question. Especially after the white-rose moment at the Grammys;
especially since a similar all-black call has gone out to attendees of the
British Academy Film Awards (the Baftas) this weekend.Fashion has been largely
avoiding the issue, but on Sunday night, Prabal Gurung addressed it head-on.“I
respect the solidarity of wearing black, but I don’t want to get to a place
where women have to suppress their sense of self,” he said backstage before his
show. “Where I am from” — Nepal — “color can be a show of strength, as
well.”Then he name-checked the Mosuo, a matriarchal society in China, and the
Gulabi Gang fighting for women’s rights in India (a.k.a. the Pink Brigade), and
then, in front of an audience that included Cardi B., the celebrity of the
season, as well as Tarana Burke, the founder of #MeToo, he put his palette where
his principles were.
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