Last season’s runway diversity report revealed that a whopping 77.6 percent of the models who walked runways in New York, London, Paris and Milan were white. The push for inclusion continues this season at New York Fashion Week. Though the numbers from our official NYFW diversity report won’t be in until next week, this season seems to be a mixed bag, with several designers featuring few (or no) models of color and others including many.
Zac Posen opted to embrace diversity in a big way, sending mostly black models down the runway for Fall 2016. His collection of gowns and tailored pantsuits was inspired by the first East African woman to be admitted to the English bar, Princess Elizabeth of Toro. Perhaps to honor her legacy and push for change, Posen made sure a variety of skin tones and hair textures were represented on the runway. Grace Bol, Aya Jones, Cindy Bruna and Riley Montana stormed the catwalk alongside Africa’s Next Top Model winner, Aamito Lagum. (more…)