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WHAT DOES FEMINISM MEAN TODAY?

By Tatiana Hambro

Express yourself. Beyond its Madonna fame, the phrase became the unofficial theme of Fall/Winter '17 Fashion Week. From Prabal Gurung's statement T-shirts in New York to Angela Missoni's pink "pussy" hats in Milan, designers this past season left little doubt that fashion could give a voice to political and social issues as easily it could tell you it's all about the cinched waist. Beyond the overt statements, corsets reigned, pink (newly a power color) could be found on nearly every runway...and waists were cinched. Women were encouraged to dress as they aspire to feel, be that strong, sexy or prim—a "say something" item or not.

However, as the saying goes, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; it wasn't about a single shirt or a cone-shaped bra. During those weeks of the Fall shows, it had gone beyond the clothes and had become about community. Those designers that chose to capture the mood united, inspired and took a democratic approach. The takeaway: we're all in this together.

It's true that a statement tee can’t solve the world's problems, but it can give the person wearing it a voice. Multiple that by thousands (around 1,300 of the Missoni hats were given out the day of the show) and it's hard to argue with the power designers put behind the feminist movement. In the spirit of continuing the conversation, and right on cue with the launch of our feminist loafer collection with Del Toro, we asked seven inspiring women to share with us what feminism means to them. Read on for their thoughts.

Diane von Furstenberg

Chairman and Founder, Diane von Furstenberg & Philanthropist

Valentina Sampaio

Transgender Model

Jourdan Dunn

Model

Laura Brown

Editor-In-Chief, InStyle

Lauren Santo Domingo

Co-Founder, Moda Operandi

Karley Sciortino

Founder, Slutever.com & Vogue.com sex columnist

Elaine Welteroth

Editor-In-Chief, Teen Vogue