Runway diversity for fashion week–any year, any city, any season–is a notorious problem in the fashion industry. Thin, white models reign supreme, with little signs of change. The Fall 2016 collections, however, have had a few head-turning collections where diverse casting was clearly taken into careful consideration. Well done and three cheers for these New York-based designers!
Previously: Sophie Theallet
Vogue Runway reviewer Steff Yotka said it best:
Chromat’s Becca McCharen doesn’t make excuses. Where other designers have dragged their feet to embrace technology, feature plus-size models, and champion diversity of race and gender, McCharen has pounced, springing leaps and bounds ahead of some of her contemporaries.
Steff Yotka here
Seriously though–McCharen’s designs are very swimwear and lingerie-based. Unlike,say, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, McCharen has no problem whatsoever showing diverse women in skimpy designs. There are models of all skin tones, sizes, and perceived abilities.
Also, let’s be honest–these designs are good. They’re bright, modern, sexy, and the diverse cast just sweetens the deal.
Above: I love these thigh-highs–bright toe and thigh area, then the rest is just sheer. Such a fun detail.
Above: The sporty design mixed with the bustier details and satin is so fresh
Above and below: So many designers tried to bring back satin bias cut-dresses, and I for one find this returning trend premature. The Chromat take on satin dresses, however, is head-turning and noteworthy.
Below: I really hope someone wears this look the Met Gala this year given the theme is “fashion in the age of technology”.
All images from Vogue Runway here.