Published: February 25, 2016
Campus Comment Editor
Last week, 93 of the world’s hottest fashion designers showed-off their upcoming fall/winter catalogs at New York Fashion Week. Although some people, specifically Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, were not impressed, this was the most diverse New York Fashion Week in recent history.
According to “The Fashion Spot,” the fall/winter 2016 show had raised its ratio of non-white models to 31.9 percent.
New York Fashion Week spring 2015 only had a percentage of 28.4 percent of models who were non-white.
That is quite a rise in diversity considering the seasons before that, percentages were as low as 20.9 percent. One show that seemed to show the most diversity, but wasn’t on Vogue’s “Top 7 Fall 2016 Collections of New York Fashion Week” was Yeezy Season 3.
We thank you, Kanye for the diversity, but now let’s focus on some of the top shows:
Leading off is Rodarte and for good reason. If NYFW was a competition, Rodarte came to win. With its quixotic lace, shaggy furs and subtly colored ruffled dresses, Rodarte was sure to please its audience.
At number two we have Marc Jacobs, who channeled the dark and edgy Goth we all want to let free sometimes.
Not only did Marc Jacobs let out his dark and edgy side but he also let the one and only, Lady Gaga, out onto the runway to steal the show.
Our third fashion show is Hood by Air, which was the most bold and daring collection that designer, Shayne Oliver, has done.
Oliver was so daring that he decided to tackle one of the toughest and most controversial topics affecting us right now: The refugee crisis.
A few of the models who walked down the runway were seen with a luggage tag attached to the fabric on their necks. One of the models was wrapped in red plastic luggage wrapping while he walked down the runway.
Coming in at number five is Alexander Wang. Unlike the other designers, Wang held his show in Saint Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue.
To many here at our Jesuit AND Catholic University, this would seem to be sacreligious.
Wang’s line featured sweatshirts with pole dancers and skirts with cannabis plants on them.
Two things that you wouldn’t imagine ever seeing in a church, am I right? But Alexander Wang thought outside of the box and followed through with his idea.
Each of the designers mentioned all had one thing in common: They decided to channel their inner “punk/Goth pissed-off rebellious teenager look,” but took it to the next and most beautiful level.
If you thought the 90s Goth and Grunge was gone for good, you were mistaken. Look for it in your favorite designers’ store this season.
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