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Shiona Turini in a “Black Lives Matter” track jacket with Solange Knowles. 

Last September, Shiona Turini wore a T-shirt made by Kerby Jean-Raymond, the designer of Pyer Moss commemorating men, including Eric Garner, Travyon Martin, and more, who lost their lives due to police brutality. As a follow-up, the fashion editor and consultant wore a navy blue Puma track jacket with “Black Lives Matter” screen printed on the front and paired it with a Dior skirt. She shared a photo on Instagram with Solange Knowles, wearing a Fendi dress, posing against a brick wall with the caption, “Just two brown girls at fashion week.”  Photo: @shionat/Instagram

"Black Lives Matter" & "Radical Feminist": Street Style Makes Literal Statements at NYFW

Lauren Tuck
News Editor

Sure, New York Fashion Week is supposed to be all about the clothes coming down the runways, but it’s the outfits outside that are really making a statement — literally. The peacocks are particularly plumy for the Spring 2016 shows, with street stylers not just attempting to grab attention through mismatching patterns and colors, excessive layers, unseasonal fabrics, and the latest “It” item (hello, furry Gucci loafers!), but with word loudly and clearly marked: take a picture of me and, for some, spread my message. 

Standing out from the well-dressed crowd takes months of shopping and planning, but Ashley B. Chew did just that. Chew, an artist and model who recently walked in the Alta Moda show, carried a black bag which she wrote “Black Models Matter” on in white paint. From Shiona Turini in a “Black Lives Matter” track jacket and Hanne Gaby Odiele’s gray sweater with feminist patches, sometimes an article of clothing is so much more than just that. 

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