New York Fashion Week Shows Off Looks of Rich Diversity

As you probably know thanks to Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter- New York Fashion Week just wrapped up.  With the biggest names in the industry incorporating new ways of doing shows to stand out, there were a few highlights you should know about. Many brands used emotional and metaphorical concepts to inspire their audiences. They also raised awareness about current issues going on in America today.  What better platform to use other than the show stopping runways of New York City?

Christian Siriano, former “Project Runway” star and world renowned designer, turned heads on Saturday.  He featured five plus sized models in his pieces that night. He told Today Style, “I just wanted to have different sizes. That’s all it was. But it’s great that it made such an impact; that’s awesome. I’m glad people were excited. I really didn’t think people would even think about it!” High fashion is typically known for only using size 0 and 2 women on the runways. Most American women don’t measure up to that size, it is refreshing Siriano showcases that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

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J. Crew also kept it real at their show featuring their classic style and “models” who were all friends, family, and co-workers of the brand.  Everyone who walked were of all shapes, races, and ages.  One model in particular that stood out was one J. Crew’s stylists Jenny Kang who was 7 months pregnant. In a recent J. Crew Instagram caption, Somsack the head of women’s design, said, “We were inspired by the real people who wear J. Crew.  People in the office, friends, family, who all bring the clothes to life through their own personal style.  And we wanted to honor that by doing the show with them, which is something that feels very us. And just is kind of fun.”

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Another standout designer from Mondays shows was Anniesa Hasibbuann. Her collection made NYFW history since every model wore a full hijab. Gorgeous pastel and metallic kimonos, wraps, and pants in her collection.  In her Instagram post she said she got the inspiration for her line, D’Jakarta,  from the cultural, colorful, and vibrant world of the Capital of Indonesia. Hasibbuann told CNN, “I am so proud and thankful for everyone on the team who helped me so this event could happen, and I am thankful to international and local media from Indonesia for exposing my show. I did not realize the result can be this amazing, and I am thrilled and humbled by the welcome reaction given.”

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Of course we did not forget the 15 year anniversary of our county’s most tragic event and neither did NYFW.  Celebrities and fashion icons bowed their heads or stood in remembrance for heroes and loved ones that lost their lives on 9/11.  At the Erin Fetherston show, the designer gave thanks and honor to the city by writing in her program, “And much love to the ultimate dream maker, the incredible city of New York. In your honor, we will be donating a portion of our sales to the 9/11 Memorial Fund.”

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New York Fashion Week never fails to surprise audiences and make a statement on and off the runway. Hopefully we will continue to see the fashion industry incorporate diversity and American culture in its shows. Let us know what you think about NYFW in the comments below.

-Madeline Therrell


Credits: Christian SirianoJ. CrewAnniesa Hasibuan9/11 article