With a few more cold weeks until spring, New York Fashion Week ushers in a welcomed break from the brisk weather, at least on the visual front. As always, we’re quite excited for all the shows that are sure to set the runways ablaze and ignite hot new trends for the upcoming 2017 seasons.

This year, the world of fashion expands its stage onto a bigger platform as issues of politics come into the mix for many designers who are choosing to infuse socially-conscious messages into their collections. From female empowerment to overcoming views of a dark political climate and stances of solidarity, designers like Yuna Yang and Dao Yi Chow, as well as the CFDA iniative “Fashion Stands with Planned Parenthood” are sure to get audiences talking about more than just fashion.

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Speaking of talking, the equally loved and loathed Kanye West is scheduled to present his Yeezy 5 collection which is sure to draw in substantive amounts of media attention and perhaps even a bit of controversy. Can Yeezus finally win over the fashion world? One of the moments I’m looking forward to the most.

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As for what to expect from the lineup of other designers, Monique Lhuillier has stated her collection will be a celebration of American couture, Chi Zhang combines science, technology and the human imagination for her inspiration, Dennis Basso speaks of a carefree elegance, and La Perla aims to portray women in all their strong, confident glory.

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The NYFW shows begin today and will continue until February 16th, in varying locations around NYC. For a complete schedule of shows and events, check out Fashion Week Online as well as the official NYFW website for more information.