Naomi Campbell and Iman Fighting for Diversity on the Runway – My Opinion on the Issue

I have not really thought about this, until I saw this video come up in my feed on Youtube, a couple minutes ago, that many of the designers at the Fall 2013 shows, lately have only been using white models, or one black model in their show. With Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman,ย and Grace Mahary ranking up shows at Fashion Week, it’s still really depressing to me that at Louis Vuitton‘s Fall 2013 show, no black models were cast. As a blonde with blue eyes myself, and living in the Washington DC area, I have been given the gift to be able to be exposed to diversity at such a young age. I have friends of all races: Muslim, Black, Asian, Hispanic, and much more. I even have three cousins that are Columbian, one with a Columbian father, and the other two with a Columbian paternal grandmother. There is definitely beauty in every race that there can be. I believe that diversity is a very important part of our culture. I really believe that the runway needs to show the Beauty of all races, because I really believe that when there isn’t much diversity on the runways, girls that are of other races might feel insecure and put down, because the runway isn’t really showing the Beauty of their race. This should definitely be an issue that needs to be taken care of.
There have been some changes with diversity over the past five years with Liu Wen being the first Asian model to walk the Victoria’s Secret Show, and having Fei Fei Sun, Tao Okamoto, and Shu Pei follow in her footsteps. Just like there has been progression in the Runway diversity, I do believe that the Casting directors and Fashion Designers at Fashion Week will start to progress to a better, more diverse future on the Runway.
It would be really nice to see models of different races on the catwalk, as addressed by Naomi Campbell and Iman in this Youtube clip, interviewing the Supermodels from ABC News. You go girls!

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3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2014

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The wet hair look was seen, creating a perfect, just went for a Swim look.

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From Sand at Tommy Hilfiger to Cars at Opening Ceremony to salt at 3.1 Phillip Lim, designers have been coming up with some of the most creative runway ideas yet for this Spring. Phillip Lim takes inspiration from China, but puts a feminine twist on the silouettes for Spring.

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Lim designs jackets with the Chinese dragon imprinted on them, and uses many baggy silhouettes for the pants, and jackets for a very Chinese-inspired collection. Also using fringe and Chinese like sandals, worn by many of the models.

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Feminine pieces are seen throughout Lim’s collection from peplum, to pastels and delicately tailored dresses, and skirts. Sheer fabrics, key.

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Pictured: Shu Pei, Mackenzie Drazen, Tian Yi, and Daga Zobier

Altuzarra Spring 2014

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Just like Fall, Joseph Altuzarra designs another Stunning curve-enhancing collection for Spring. After Kate Upton wore one of his Fall designs to the Elle Style Awards this Wednesday, Altuzarra still seems to have that Sexy curve-enhancing slit for Spring. This time, Altuzarra takes inspiration from the Nautical, New England sailor like prints, as in the beginning Altuzarra mixes up the nautical prints, with Classy white blouses or skirts.

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For the end of his collection, Altuzarra focuses more on Navy, Gold, and Neutrals, whipping up many Beautiful designs, from Gorgeous curve-enhancing dresses and skirt and too ensembles, to the Black suit that Esther Heesch sported, and even using fringe. Altuzarra ends his collection using Beautiful draping gold and silver dresses, tops, and skirts.

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Pictured: Caroline Brasch Nielson, Marine Deeluw, Shu Pei, Lisa Verberght, Esther Heesch, Magdalena Jasek, Fei Fei Sun, Julia Nobis, Joan Smalls leading the finale, and Joseph Altuzarra

2. Louis Vuitton’s Handbags

2. Louis Vuitton’s Handbags

Daphne Groeneveld, Lisa Verberght, ?, and Shu Pei each show off one of the many Louis Vuitton handbag styles for Fall 2013. While looking at Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2013 collection the day just minutes after it was posted on Style.com, … Continue reading

Michael Kors Presents a Very Flirty and Fun Resort 2014 Collection

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Models Mirte Maas, Tilda Lindstam, Maria Bradley, Shu Pei, and Alana Zimmer show off many of the Chic looks.

Iconic fashion designer, and Project Runway judge, Michael Kors is definately a fashion favorite. Today he presented his Resort 2014 collection in New York City showing off Flirty and Fun staples.

The collection showed off lots of Chic leopard print, a Fun classy favorite of mine. Khaki played a key role, as many baggy khaki pants and trench coats were seen. Lots of black and white was also seen, with many Chic suits and head to toe white looks. The googles form the Spring 2013 collection made a comeback, as the models showed off the Chic googles in white once again. Brights were also seen to give a fun twist to the mostly natural collection, for the perfect vacationing collection of the season. Wherever you go, you’ll always look Chic if your wearing Michael Kors Resort 2014.