New York Fashion Week Is Getting Some Diversity To Their Official Calendar

January 11, 2019  |  

Harlem's Fashion Row - Runway - September 2018 - New York Fashion Week

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February is almost upon us and fashionistas know what that means: fashion month. The fashion industry and bloggers spend an entire month critiquing the latest collections and seeing what is going to be in market for the following season. New York Fashion Week, who has consistently been considered the most diverse of all the fashion weeks, just upped the ante. The official calendar has dropped and there are some new names that weren’t surprising, but definitely welcomed.

Harlem’s Fashion Row, created by Brandice Daniels, will be showing on February 6th, kicking off the official NYFW. This is no surprise as the organization that consistently uses its platform to uplift black designers, garnered major press last season via LeBron James. At the Harlem’s Fashion Row Gala, they collaborated and released the LeBron 16’s for women (which sold out within an hour) and there were many famous people, including Dapper Dan, Bethann Hardison, who were in the room.

Harlem's Fashion Row - Runway - September 2018 - New York Fashion Week

Source: Slaven Vlasic / Getty

This season, Harlem’s Fashion Row is bringing it even more with their special opening night event and installation celebrating “an icon in American film, brought to life through a collaborative effort that will support emerging designers and fashion talent of color,” as explained via press release. Harlem’s Fashion Row is known to “kick off” NYFW, with their show normally being a day before the official calendar begins. This year, they will be throwing their event on the opening night. Exciting! Brandice Daniels has been working on Harlem’s Fashion Row for over ten years, so this is going to be a historical moment for both her and the brand.

In addition to some melanin, we will definitely see more curvy girls on the runway thanks to 11 Honoré. The high-end, plus size e-commerce brand will be debuting their designs on the runway for the first time ever. Yes! This is not the first plus-size brand to do such, as Torrid has done so in the past.

While many people “show” at NYFW, unofficially, it’s a big (and expensive) deal to be placed on the official calendar. This also sends a message to the fashion industry as a whole regarding inclusivity. I hope that we see it trickle to other fashion weeks in terms of representation.

What do you think? Will this spark global change? Are you excited for these two new brands to be showing?

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