As WRUW mentioned before, diversity was the biggest trend of NYFW 2017. But what about the fashion season as a whole?
The industry was tired of keeping their mouths shut on the issue, and in return, saw a small step forward in the latest shows. According to The Fashion Spot, fall 2017 was the most diverse Fashion Week to happen.
While it is progress in the realm, the report shows there were no transgender models in London, Paris and Milan. However, 27.9 percent of models were women of color, which is a 2.5 increase from spring 2017. New York’s most racially diverse runways were Chromat and Yeezy Season 5 (who contained 74% of models of color).
“We’re still seeing tokenism, and we’re not yet seeing widespread acceptance of models across categories — models of various sizes, ages, races, and gender identities,” said the Model Alliance’s Sara Ziff.
It sounds like the catwalk is finally hearing us when it comes to showcasing women of all sizes – 26 curvy models were chosen for shows in NYFW, including Christian Siriano, Dolce & Gabbana, and H&M Studio.
Siriano placed a total of 10 plus-sized models on his set. “We’re evolving as a society, and fashion, too, has to evolve.” he said. “All of our model castings are done with a professional casting agent who solicits models from established agencies,” states his website.
While there has been improvement, there is still a long way to go! Until then, we have our fingers crossed for next season.