Jan 10, 2019 | By Sandy Chu
If you’ve ever been to a catwalk show through fashion month you will have noticed the lack of diversity.
Runways often fail to offer an accurate reflection of the cities they are based in and this is all the more obvious in New York, a city which is know for being a melting pot of races, colours and creeds, but generally only sends pale models done the runway. In fact in Spring 2016 designer Erin Fetherston only booked white models.
But the times it seems, are changing. Maybe it’s because NYFW falls in Black History Month in America, maybe it’s because Beyonce just released THAT video, or maybe it’s because designers have just woken up to the fact that diversity is a rich and exciting addition to their show.
One designer that speaks with his collection and is committed to change this season is Zac Posen, for his AW16 show which happened last night, he sent almost exclusively black models down the runway, a refreshing change from the norm.
He even flooded his Instagram with stunning images of vintage black models who paved the way, from Naomi Sims the first black model on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal in November 1968 and trailblazer Donyale Luna.
Check out the full collections below:
Like this? Read up on the new adult colouring book that celebrates natural hair here.
For a full, in-depth daily report on the collections,head to WGSN to subscribe
Know what’s next. Become a WGSN member today to benefit from our daily trend intelligence, retail analytics, consumer insights and bespoke consultancy services.