Happy NY Fashion Week! For a brief moment, I was a fashion insider when I attended the presentation of Daniel Silverstein’s Fall 2014 Collection. Yet, tradition lured me back to Lincoln Center, for my bi-annual outdoor photo during NY Fashion Week. A call to action, NY Fashion Week says to me: stay alert, dress your best and remember that fashion should be fun. Furthermore, Fashion Week means taking fashion risks and being more fashion daring. Even if I have to do it while dodging icy bullets and freezing temps.
New York Fashion Week starts in just one day (February 6th) and The Diversity Coalition will be watching. The question: will there be a focus toward diversity on the runway? The fashion industry has a lot to answer for; last fall, just before the Spring 2014 shows, Bethann Hardison, former model and activist, along with Iman and Naomi Campbell, spearheaded a letter from The Diversity Coalition that was sent to four of the international fashion capitals, identifying the fact that the lack of color on the runway was “unbecoming to modern society.” The letter went on to state that, “We will continue to watch and reveal season to season.”
Will we see more diversity on the runway? If not … along with Bethann Hardison and Iman and Naomi Campbell I will call it ‘unbecoming‘ and I’m not buying that!
NY Fashion Week is upon us – now, through September 12th. It has become a scene within a scene, with instant messaging, instant photos, more people, more designers, more bloggers and more chaos. Or so I have heard, because I have never actually been inside the shows. Instead, I have a ritual of taking my photo outside Lincoln Center as my homage to fashion week. But outside is where you will find me; outside is as close as I get. Because I’m not a fashion insider. I do, however, love fashion and the expression fashion allows me. And because I do, NY Fashion Week has special meaning to me.
NY Fashion Week means taking a moment to stop and review what I own. Am I experimenting with my fashion choices? Do I absolutely love the clothes I wear? Are my clothes colorful and playful and stylish while at the same time comfortable and easy to wear? Because the answers to these questions should be a resounding yes! And NY Fashion Week reminds me to honor my relationship with fashion and in doing so, honor myself. We all deserve to do that. Continue reading →