You can always count on star-studded front rows at New York Fashion Week but last night, the fashion set was in for a real surprise when Gloria Steinem graced the Prabal Gurung show with her presence.
It was the feminist icon's first ever fashion show and the designer was so excited that he came out to personally greet her before the runway even began. Known to cast diverse models and use fashion to make political statements, Gurung was a fitting choice for Steinem's first NYFW experience.
To celebrate the occasion, Steinem shared a picture holding up her invitation at the show. "There is a first time for everything, even at 83! First #nyfw show @prabalgurung, a kind man doing great work in fashion and beyond," she captioned the photo.
Last season, the designer sent models down the runway in statement-making feminist t-shirts for a powerful finale moment. While there were no graphic tees on the runway this season, staff working the show all wore t-shirts that read "Stronger in Colour" and the colorful runway collection opened with an empowering voiceover of the Activist's Prayer, "Grant me the strength to change the things I cannot accept."
From the diverse lineup to the Activist's Prayer opening and Gloria Steinem sitting front row, the designer proved you don't need logo t-shirts to make fashion a force for good.