You might assume—or hope—that year after year, runways grow to become more inclusive and reflective of the vastly diverse world we live in. Well, according to The Fashion Spot’s Diversity Report, released today, they didn’t this past New York Fashion Week. But hold on: There’s good news too.
Based on 116 of the new collections that presented during the whirlwind week, TFS’s calculations showed that fall 2017 shows came in second place for all-time diversity, recording 31.5% nonwhite casting overall, trailing only the fall 2016 shows, which still hold a record of 31.9%. However, the best news coming out of the report is that, for the first time, every NYFW runway included in the survey had at least one model of color in its cast.
We’ll admit that one person is a very small victory to celebrate, but the news does provide us with optimism that designers and industry leaders are recognizing the importance of representation in fashion—as it pertains to women of all backgrounds and all faiths. This is also seen in the stats on body diversity, as this year, a record number of 26 plus-size models appeared on the catwalk—again, few in total but showing growth overall.
Jump over to The Fashion Spot for the full NYFW breakdown—including the numbers on trans models and older models—and to get the looks featured on many of the runways this season, be sure to shop the top trends of 2017.
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