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New York Fashion Week has a diversity problem!

New York Fashion Week has a diversity problem!

We’re now into the last quarter of the year and the time has come for fashion month, meaning the September issue and of course, shows! This month we will see many designers showcase and release their Spring 2018 collections, giving us an early look at what’ll be trending next year.

While these are exciting times it goes without saying that diversity has and will always be needed in the fashion industry.

Naomi Campbell speaking about the lack of diversity in the fashion industry.

In the recent years with the help of social media, the fight for diversity has been publicized more than ever calling for a much-needed change. The landscape of the industry is ever evolving and there has been some breakthrough but is that enough? Of course, we look forward to Kanye West and Yeezy Season, Fenty by Rihanna, but there is so much more talent out there that fashion enthusiasts are searching for.

In 2016 black designers took over the NYFW runways and it seemed like we were represented very well. This season appears to lack diversity and it’s left us wanting more.

Taking a look at the official NYFW site there are a few designers missing that we look forward to such as Hood by Air, Public School, and even Pyer Moss, all shown during past fashion weeks. Cushine et Ochs, co-owned by a black woman will be shown during the week but where are the others? As far as the official site and schedule, black designers are limited but outside of that many will take part of the festivities and host their own presentations.

 Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School NYC

 Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School NYC

A new favorite, designer Laquan Smith posted a photo announcing his next collection debuting during fashion week! Other independent designers will share new collections during the week and host events in true fashion week spirit. Finding these talented designers can be a tough task as many aren’t advertised well. The big question that comes to mind is why isn’t there more publicity? Can we start a  Diversity and representation in the industry has improved but we all know they could be better.

Laquan Smith SS/18

The future does look bright but in the meantime supporting local, small, and independent black lines is major!

Stay tuned for an update with thoughts after fashion week and a show round ups.
 

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