One of the interesting outcomes of New York Fashion Week is that it gives some designers a forum to make a political or social commentary. This was definitely the case with the collection shown by Barbara Sanchez-Kane, in her second solo show at New York Fashion Week Men’s.
For FW18, Sanchez-Kane presented a sexually charged show that was inspired by her interpretation of sexual oppression in Mexico. She took on sexual topics of all kinds, from the lack of adequate sex education to same-sex love. Features of the collection include revealing twists on traditional tailoring, plaid suiting inspired by Catholic school uniforms and fetish inspired pieces. The collection also featured a varied array of custom accessories. In addition, the show incorporated an interpretive dance around two phallic sculptures.
When watching a runway show like this, it’s hard to imagine these pieces if any gracing the traditionally conservative streets of Washington, DC. However in knowing Sanchez-Kane’s inspiration, one can gain an appreciation of her voice. And maybe some of it should make its way to our DC streets. That’s a grace roots way to start a conversation. Yet even with a collection that is almost diametrically opposed to Washingtonian sensibilities, I could see several select pieces fitting right at home.