Series – Part 1 of 3: 2019 New York Fall Fashion week leading in diversity

Green goddesses right before the runway at alietteny September 2019

Every year all individuals working in fashion, from the designers to the personal assistants prepare themselves for the largely celebrated Fashion week that occurs in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. Fashion week occurs twice a year, from February to March and September to October. Fashion week is a worldwide celebrated event as it showcases a variety of designer’s magical creations.

Importance of diversity and nurturing creativity

Focusing on Fall Fashion week of 2019, Designers from all over the world were preparing their designs for New York fashion week running September 5th to the 13th all over the boroughs from Brooklyn to Harlem. Designers that are talented enough to show their pieces here come from various racial and cultural backgrounds making powerful shows as they are sending messages through their designs. 

Sonja Motley, owner of clutter-free closets believes that one of the most important parts of organizing a fashion show is

Visual representation posted in order of the show… with great help and dressers that are dedicated to a Flawless production.

Sonja Motley 2019

Sonja, who has an extensive history as a fashion show organizer and designer believes that it is greatly important on both sides to nurture creativity, whether that be the models or the designers. 

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Telfar Clemens inclusive designs

Award-winning Liberian-American designer Telfar Clemens, approach to fashion is greatly summarised through the tagline of his new collection

Not for you—for everyone.

Telfar Clemens, 2019

Since the beginning of his runway shows in 2006, the key concept around Telfar’s designs has been inclusivity. According to Elizabeth Segran from Fast company magazine, Telfar has through the past and current social and political landscape, made his defiance of gender, race, and class resonate with a wider audience. 

Telfar’s clothing designs have since the beginning been genderless and made for everyone. His globally mobile line has become a great success over the years simply since it is made for such a diverse range of consumers. His show at NYFW has been continuously engaging for the audience, as it always incorporates concerts and this year’s show was no exception to that, making it not only, globally and culturally mobile but also vastly entertaining for all viewers of the show, bringing more attention to his key messages. 

Courtesy of NYFW: The shows

Runway model Diversity

New York Fashion Week is a celebration of unique creations that made it to these famous runways. As well as the clothing that is displayed throughout these runways made by talented designers, the models are highly critiqued by the audience of these shows. According to Stephanie Eckardt of W magazine, No fewer than nine of the 10 most booked models this season were women of color. New York Fashion Week has been recognized as the leading Fashion week when it comes to diversity in the shows, leaving Paris, London, and Milan aiming to follow in their footsteps. 

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Backstage at TelfarGlobal Photo by Johnny Deguzman

2019’s New York Fall Fashion show has been a progressive step as according to the Fashion Spot, 38.3 percent of models who walked the 221 shows that made up the fall 2019 season were people of color. The 630,000 online viewers of the fall shows, as well as the many attendees of the shows, are then able to identify the importance of diversity as a permanent concept, rather than a buzzword to create more attention, as Stephanie Eckardt of W magazine discusses. 

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