London Fashion Week Investigated. Clothing is for everyone, but Fashion is for the…?

Once again fashion week in upon us, and it is supposedly the biggest of the season. From the edge of our seats we watch in awe, as the beautiful models showcase the most amazing pieces of clothing. The festival which will host the spring/summer collection, from both British and International Fashion, will be here to see in Strand. Tickets are still available from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th.

The bi-annual Diversity Report examined 299 runway shows and 8,832 model appearances from New York, London, Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks last season, and discovered more than 25.4% of the model castings were non-white. Of the four major fashion weeks, New York had the highest diversity rating, followed by Paris, London and lastly Milan. Which is disappointing considering we have the second highest population.

New York population 19,796,00

Paris population 2,230,346.

London Population 8,674, 000

Milan population 1,349,00

However, London Fashion Week saw the most significant rise in models of colour, growing from 19.9% to 23.5% from Autumn/Winter 2016 – with Ashish’s show the third most diverse of the entire season. The Delhi-born designer lives in London, and is championing multi-culturalism, He is featured in our Spring/Summer collection and increasing awareness by using 75% of his models from a non-white background. Ashish is sending models down the runway in traditional garments, such as saris, with signature sequins, the collection is also gender fluid. He is definitely one to watch.

Naomi Campbell, the legendary supermodel of all time, born in London, of Jamaican heritage opened the runway in New York for La Perla. She has also announced that she will be conducting her own model diversity audit of this year’s shows.

Models to watch

Adwoa Aboah: The British Model has represented Calvin Klein, DKNY and Alexander Wang, to name a few. The freckle-faced model is also on the cover of Vogue’s March issue. Adwoa speaks openly about her battle with depression, and she runs a project called  Gurls Talk. Giving women and girls a platform in school to talk about all natured concerns.
Lineisy Montero: In 2014, the Dominican model was the first black model to walk for Prada since Naomi Campbell in 1994. Since then, she’s walked for top designers like Moschino and J.W. Anderson. She’s also appeared in campaigns for Chanel and Givenchy. She came 5th out of 10 of the top models, with the most bookings, 7 of which were white. In total she received 50 bookings.


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