Sergio's disingenuous use of the moniker "political designer" really blew up for him this season. First, there is no indication that he actually has any particular political stance because he believes it, rather, he uses it to appeal to a certain "woke" clientele. I can discern this because:
1. The week "he" embroidered the names of the children on the dress he was actually exploiting them for his personal gain.
2. He chose to turn it off when he didn't think it would be an advantage to him. The week he just made a dress. If he really used politics as his inspiration, he'd be able to be inspired by something without telling the whole world about how cool he is to be inspired by it.
3. There was never talk about a personal connection to any one cause. It was always something sterile for him, but a huge talking point for someone else. As opposed to Mondo's HIV+ print, which is pretty much the standard I will always go by when talking about causes.
4. If he truly believed any of this, he wouldn't court the idea of "cultural appropriation" by dressing his model in another culture's makeup and dressing them in an outfit inspired by another culture's historical icons like he did here.
And the thing of it is, if Sergio were as confident about his skills as he tells us he is, he wouldn't need to pose as such a "woke" designer at all. He could--you know--let his fashion do the talking.
As to the references to McQueen...I'm not a fashion person and even I can see that what he did was borrow from McQueen. It isn't that all high neck designs are off limits. It is that the wide, high neck, bowl around the head look came from someone else. We aren't talking turtle neck, here. That particular neckline is distinctive and unique.