New York Rainbow: Spring 2017

A look from every colour of the rainbow–all from the Spring 2017 collections from New York–based female designers!


Above: Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017


Above: Tory Burch Spring 2017


Above: Reem Acra Spring 2017


Above: Norma Kamali Spring 2017


Above: Protagonist Spring 2017


Above: Victoria Beckham Spring 2017


Above: Warm Spring 2017


All images from Vogue Runway.

New York Rainbow: Fall 2016

A look from every colour of the rainbow–all from the Fall 2016 collections from New York–based female designers!



Above: Vivienne Tam Fall 2016



Above: Kate Spade New York Fall 2016



Above: Marchesa Notte Fall 2016



Above: M Missoni Fall 2016 



Above: Anna Sui Fall 2016



Above: Marchesa Fall 2016



Above: Carolina Herrera Fall 2016

NYFW Fall 2016 Catwalk Diversity Spotlight: Sophie Theallet

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!



Omg this show was like a dream come true—a very racially diverse cast of models, ‘plus’ size models…very, very exciting. There were models with natural hair, all skin tones, and you definitely couldn’t consider any of these models’ presence on the runway to be token. Sophie Theallet, you’re officially a Closet Feminist dream girl now.

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Above and below: Love these Brontë heroine-worthy looks

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Also a total bonus–Theallet opened and closed her show with a woman of colour!

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All images from Vogue Runway here.




New York Rainbow: Spring 2015

Looking for a little ROY G. BIV inspiration? Here is the best look per colour, straight off the Spring 2015 RTW runways. The best part? All of these outfits are from design houses headed by women!



Above: Dress by Rosie Assoulin, Spring 2015.



Above: Jumpsuit by Giulietta, Spring 2015.



Above: Let us all pause to recognize how beautiful model Lais Ribeiro looks in this yellow Diane Von Furstenberg dress.



Above: Dress and jacket by Tracy Reese, Spring 2015.



Above: Blue dress by Anna Sui, Spring 2015



Above: Pamella Roland, Spring 2015



Above: Misha Nonoo Spring 2015

Racism & The Runway, Part 3: Bethann Hardison’s Campaign and #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen

This is Part 3 of a four-part series on Bethann Hardison’s campaign to diversify the runway as seen on her website Balance Diversity. Read Part 1 here. Read part 2 here.

Currently, all eyes are on New York where Fashion Week is making its biannual splash. This year has gotten off to an especially explosive start with news of Bethann Hardison‘s campaign to diversify the runway which has included calling out specific designers on their racism.

Racism is shocking and unacceptable no matter what. But we are especially shocked to see that the Fall 2013 RTW shows of some of the fashion world’s best known feminists are on Hardison’s list of racist designers.

Or are we that shocked? After all, the crux of the incredibly timely and necessary twitter campaign of #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen  (initiated by Mikki Kendall) was hinged on the poor and unfair treatment of women of colour within the feminist movement.


Above: Cora Emmanuel was the only black model in the Prada Fall 2013 RTW show.

With Hardison’s infamous list, we can see that Prada and Victoria Beckham have both made the list. Miuccia Prada is a longtime and well-known fashion world feminist, yet the collection in her name was sadly deemed racist by Hardison’s standards. Indeed, the show had three Asian models, and one black model among the dozens of white models.


Above: Fei Fei Sun is one of a few Asian models, and the only models of colour to appear in Victoria Beckham’s Fall 2013 RTW show. This show had no black models.

Victoria Beckham also made the list. Despite being praised on this site twice (here and here) as a feminist fashion designer, it seems that she has a lot to learn about intersectional feminism and anti-racism.

So #SolidarityIsForPradaAndBeckham then, no?

Also of interest is the fact that Diane von Furstenberg is President of the CFDA. Hardison’s letter of racist New York-based fashion designers was addressed to her, and with such an esteemed position, it will be interesting to see what von Furstenberg does with this information. She is, after all, a feminist herself, and we’re encouraged that her Spring 2014 collection shown yesterday was in fact relatively diverse: of the 38 looks shown, 15 were shown on models of colour.


Above: The 90s supermodels pack, including Naomi Campbell.

Furthermore, is anyone else disappointed that no white models, even ones with a lot of clout, have come forward as allies to black models and models of colour? Someone as popular as Lindsay Wixson, Jessica Stam (who was in Prada’s Fall 2013 show), or Cara Delevinge could surely threaten to drop out or some other engage in some other act of protest unless a show hired more models of colour? Naomi Campbell has often spoken of how much the camaraderie of her fellow 90s supermodels has meant to her when she was experiencing racism back in the day as the lone black model. So who the heck is sticking up for Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn, and Cora Emmanuel? Apparently no one. #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, indeed.


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