Here's What the Blue Ribbons All Over New York Fashion Week Mean

Many American fashion designers have been vocal over the course of the past year (and certainly beyond) about what principles matter most to them. For instance, Proenza Schouler released a campaign that was actually a PSA for Planned Parenthood, and Tory Burch continues to donate sales to organizations that benefit female entrepreneurs. But this New York Fashion Week, expect to see a universal symbol across the runway and streets that supports a common cause: the American Civil Liberties Union.

As announced today, the Council of Fashion Designers of America has officially partnered with the ACLU “to send a clear message that racism, bigotry, and hatred have no place in our democracy,” as the press release states. Much like the Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood pins that were prominent at Fashion Week in February, this partnership and initiative will be marked with another accessory, the ACLU’s blue ribbon. Of course, this won’t be the first time the blue signifier has found a place on stylish women’s clothes, as no less than three major celebs wore one on their Oscar-night looks, for instance.

The collaboration—whose brand supporters already include Prabal Gurung, Diane von Furstenberg, and Opening Ceremony—will call for designers to incorporate the “Fashion for ACLU” tagline as well as the blue ribbon in their upcoming presentations. “We want to be on the front line, not the sidelines, to boldly fight to protect our precious rights and freedoms,” says Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA, referring to the organization’s work with the ACLU, “which has taken on a renewed urgency after the heart-wrenching events of Charlottesville.”

Scroll down to take a look at the accessory, the importance of which is much greater than any passing trend.



You certainly don’t have to attend to Fashion Week to support the ACLU. Make a donation or search volunteer opportunities at your local chapter.