Last week an assortment of designers from Marc Jacobs to Tommy Hilfiger received a letter from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) encouraging them to to be inclusive of "racial diversity" when casting models for this fall's New York Fashion Week.
Diversity, when it comes those strutting down the runway, has slowly been on the rise. But even so, models of color are a minority in the industry and this just might be because of the people deciding who wears their clothing: the designers.
46 of the designers of 150 official CFDA-sponsored brand shows and presentations are of color, but only eight are black (YEEZY, Telfar, 5:31 Jérôme, one of Cushnie et Ochs' designers, Hood by Air, Serena Williams, Pyer Moss and Tracy Reese) with the remainder being of Hispanic or Asian descent. This is not entirely surprising — as in Feb. 2015, the New York Times reported only approximately 12 out of 470 members of the CFDA are African-American.
Mic rounded up a full list of shows with designers of color, and the ones you should know ahead of their presentations, below.
3.1 Phillip Lim
Alejandra Alonso Rojas
Wang, who's runway show will take place on Saturday night at 9 p.m., calls celebrities like Rihanna and Lady Gaga clients. And on Tuesday, the designer announced that Kylie Jenner was featured in his fall 2016 campaign.
Creatures of Comfort
Cushnie et Ochs
Hood By Air
Shayne Oliver founded HBA, which is being presented on Sunday at 1 p.m. Oliver is known for blurring gender lines, telling W last year, "When men wear my clothes, they say, 'I can rock a dress and still feel handsome.'"
Kimora Lee Simmons
Khan, who's runway show is on Wednesday at 12 p.m., has dressed everyone from Kate Middleton to Beyoncé. He recently was the mastermind behind Ashley Graham's Video Music Award's sheer gown.
Noon by Noor
Kerby Jean-Raymond, the founder of luxury sportswear brand Pyer Moss, which is showing Sunday at 2:30 p.m., has used his past two fashion shows to make political statements. The first, in Sept. 2015, addressed police brutality, while February's show took on mental illness.
Sachin & Babi
Serena Williams Signature Statement by HSN
Son Jung Wan
Reese, who is showing her line on Sunday at 3 p.m., rose to fame when Michelle Obama wore one of her creations to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Celebrities from Taylor Swift to Sarah Jessica Parker have also been spotted in her designs.
Kanye West showed his fourth collection, Yeezy Season 4, on Wednesday at Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. Like his previous collections, most of the pieces were fairly basic, with a lot of knits in different shades of cream, brown and dark green.
Because of his casting call for "multiracial women," the show was quiet diverse with all of the models being of color and many with natural hair.
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