With diversity being the focus of the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) 2016, designers and brands have included models of color for their Spring/Summer showcase.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has issued strict guidelines to designers to “be inclusive of racial diversity when preparing casting of models for their company needs.”
This year the catwalk of NYFW will have more models of color. Thanks to designer Diane von Furstenberg and CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, designers will have to bring in more models of color on the runway for NYFW, according to WWD.
Duckie from Elite is a Sudanese born Australian model. The “Australia’s Next Top Model” would have been a professional basketball player, had she not ventured into modeling. Duckie,20, has 159k followers on Instagram.
The 22-year-old Phoenix Anderson was discovered by Wilhelmina during a modeling convention at IMTA. She is from Hillsborough, New Jersey.
The Chinese model is from Muse. Born on Jan.28, she was discovered by SMG Model Management while studying at the South China Agricultural University.
“With her delicate features and air of refinement, Zuoye’s look speaks volumes about effortless elegance. So far only working at home in Guangzhou, Zuoye still has three years left of schooling but plans are afoot to send her to the high fashion markets of Paris, New York and Milan,” says models.com.
The Dominican model is from Ford Models. The 21-year-old Bronx native was discovered by Sandro Guzman, the president of Ossygeno Models.
Hannah Smith from Ford Models is from Massachusetts. The 17-year-old’s stint into modeling started when she went to meet a local agent in Boston as suggested by her mom. Some other new faces include Jessie Bloemendaal (Women), Neta Mark (Elite), Theresa Heyers, Observer reports.
Besides some of the designers and brands to look forward to during NYFW from Sep.8-15 include:
BY. Bonnie Young
Bonnie Young has worked for 16 years as creative director of DKNY. She showcased for the first time last season after her stint with Donna Karan.
This is Club Monaco’s debut at the NYFW. They will showcase on Friday. The designs have been created by creative director Caroline Belhumeur. The designer says that the label’s clothes are all about “juxtaposition, highlighting the contradiction of Victorian romanticism with military structure.”
The accessories collection is by Kate Spade in collaboration with her husband Andy. It features a mix of tweed fabrics with “cool-girl silhouettes.”
The French ready-to-wear label will present along with Humberto Leon and Carol Lim from Opening Ceremony. They will debut a new fashion film titled “The Realest Real” starring Rowan Blanchard.
God Save Queens
The lingerie collection is most likely to make waves at the NYFW. Kendall Jenner has modeled some of the designs on her Instagram. The debut show of the label is helmed by designer Karolina Bernaciak.
Other brands to look at are Krewe, Lois London, Misha Collection, Oday Shakar, PH5, Talitha and Vipe Activewear, according to Elle.