Here's Why Everyone At New York Fashion Week Will Be Wearing A Blue Ribbon

The CFDA throw their support behind ACLU to fight racism and bigotry

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New York Fashion Week is a mere week away but one thing's for sure: it's not going to be a quiet one. With a President who seems to be operating straight from the white supremacist playbook, this year making a statement - in more ways than one - looks set to be front of everyone's mind.

But it wouldn't be the first time 2017's very unique brand of politics has taken centre stage during fashion week. Last February, the fashion industry showed its solidarity with Planned Parenthood through pink pins (distributed by Council of Fashion Designers of America, AKA the CFDA).

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And this season, they are throwing their support behind the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). Basically, it's the anti-racism pin.

So if you notice people wearing blue ribbons next week, you now understand why. Lapel ribbons have been designed specifically for people to show their support and designers are being asked to use their shows – including runways and parties – to feature the 'Fashion for ACLU' tagline.

The likes of Diane von Furstenberg, Everlane, Opening Ceremony, Prabal Gurung and Tracy Reese are already on board.

The CFDA and ACLU want to send a clear message that racism, bigotry, and hatred have no place in democracy, and are encouraging their members to speak out about the need to protect America's hard-fought constitutional rights and freedoms.

The partnership is poignantly timely: the ACLU has been one of the staunchest opposers of Trump's immigration policies, and was part of the effort to remove Confederate symbols, monuments, and statues from public property.

'We want to be on the front line, not the sidelines, to boldly fight to protect our precious rights and freedoms, which has taken on a renewed urgency after the heart-wrenching events of Charlottesville,' said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of CFDA.

'Our goal is to actively support concrete work that will move our country meaningfully forward. The ACLU is doing that critical work.'

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