A look from Zac Posen’s 2016 Fall Collection – Photo: Imaxtree
Two nights ago designer Zac Posen sent 25 black models down the runway for his Fall 2016 show – inspired by Princess Elizabeth of Toro (a Ugandan lawyer who became the first East African woman to be admitted to the English bar). Said Posen: “We live in a diverse world and it is essential it is represented in the fashion industry—it has always been critical to me, as well as a key component of my collections—whether it’s shapes, sizes or skin color—as my customers are global and part of all diverse groups.”
The fight for diversity on the runway has been long and slow-moving. But Posen is making an important statement and it is a welcome and refreshing change in the right direction. Hopefully, it will inspire other designers to do the same. I’m buying it!
On Friday night, I viewed the Fall 2014 Collection of Daniel Silverstein and I was blown away. I met Daniel, designer, artist and entrepreneur, a year ago, just in time to watch him earn his fashion stripes on NBC’s Fashion Star. Since then, he has continued to design and manufacture exquisite, ethereal, sexy and zero-waste creations for women. His Fall 2014 Collection is strong and vibrant and quintessential Daniel Silverstein. Bravo, Daniel! And Bravo, for creating sustainable fashion and showcasing diversity on the runway! Continue reading
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!