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Remember, back in 2015, the #AskHerMore campaign, in which red carpet hosts were urged to treat the actresses they interviewed as women of substance, and that was defined as focusing not on what they wore, but on what they did? The premise being that what they wore was a mere decorative trifle — superficial, frivolous, not thought through — hence not really worthy of discussion, and to talk about it was to demean the purpose of the woman inside.
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We’ve had these discussions at The Times. After all, it’s impossible to be someone who thinks about the messaging of what we all wear and not have been drowned occasionally under a chorus of furious social media commentary that can be summed up as: Who cares what [fill in the blank] wore? Think about their actions, not their outfits!
Yet in so many of those instances, the outfit is actually an expression, or a reflection, of the action. To ignore it is to miss part of the point. It’s not rising above, it’s turning a blind eye. And hasn’t that, in this case, been the problem all along?
By choosing to wear all black, the women of Hollywood (and now men, though to be fair, men announcing their solidarity by wearing black tuxedos, or even black tuxedos with black shirts, most recently a style chosen to denote the hipness of the wearer, is a little like a tree falling in the woods) aren’t taking fashion off the table. They are putting it at the very center of the table.