One’s wardrobe begins changing during fall. People know to switch out their swimming trunks and tank tops for pants and hoodies, but one key part of ones outfit that goes overlooked are shoes.
September has been a month full of runways - fashion shows began with New York City on September 6 and ended in Paris on October 3. With each show came an unprecedented amount of diversity, ranging in size, age, and ethnicity.
The diversity began in New York City where Rihanna debuted the latest edition of her lingerie collection, Savage x Fenty. In the show were models such as Gigi and Bella Hadid, Slick Woods, who was in labor as she walked the runway and plus size model Paloma Elsesser. Rihanna was not only important for including the most plus size models of New York Fashion Week (a grand total of 13), but of doing so in an authentic manor.
“It’s a celebration of womanhood,” Rihanna said to Vogue. “I think it’s a shame women have to feel insecure or self-conscious about how their bodies look. They’ve been taught by society that only one thing works.”
Chromat was close behind Savage x Fenty with 12 plus size models and has been known to showcase non-binary models. The models were not only varying in size, but in background and orientation. Rising runway stars walked beside activists such as Geena Rocero, a Filipino transgender advocate and model.
The trend of pushing diversity continued in Milan, whose fashion week ran from September 19 to September 25. Body and age diversity were both present in Dolce & Gabbana’s runway. Plus size models Ashley Graham, who opened the show - an honor for any model, and Tess McMillan both walked the runway. The show also featured Maye Musk, who is a Covergirl at age 70.
Prada also made a major step in racial diversity when Anok Yai, who was famously scouted at Howard University’s homecoming celebrations. Yai became the first Black model in two decades to open the show. Jordan Dunn previously broke the fashion house’s lack of diversity in 2008 by being the first Black model to even walk in the show since Naomi Campbell in 1997.
Paris concluded the tour of model diversity during the Spring/Summer fashion month. Cara Delevingne, an outspoken activist for LGBTQ+ rights returned to the runway for Balmain and Anok Yai continued to stun for houses such as Versace. L’Oreal also had prominent models such as new mom Eva Longoria and Winnie Harlow, a model spokesperson for the skin condition vitiligo.
During the past fashion month the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show cast was also released. Despite lacking size or age diversity, Victoria’s Secret made strides in including more ethnicities than in previous years. Duckie Thot, known for her stunning skin tone, is walking in her first VS Show as well as Winnie Harlow, who is the first model with vitiligo to walk. Kelsey Merritt will also walk for the first time and is the first Philippine model to ever grace the Victoria’s Secret Runway. Overall, ethnic diversity has grown in order to better represent the company’s consumer.
The Spring/Summer 2019 runway saw an increase in diversity in every metric, although it may not feel as though the increase is true when looking at the model list for Victoria’s Secret. However, it is important to remember that even small victories in ethnic diversity are valuable, especially in a time when many minorities are not welcome in parts of the world.
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With the popularity of thrifting, fashion artists and designers are vying for a spot in the sustainability trend. Being “green” is becoming pervasive trend. The fashion industry is the second biggest polluter after the oil industry, and many companies are starting to realize the negative impacts that they are making.
This wave started with Stella McCartney. Her beautiful and sustainable clothing gained traction with millennials striving to be more sustainably responsible. Burberry is following in McCartney’s footsteps and will no longer use real fur in their products or throw away unused merchandise.
High-fashion sectors are not the only companies making a name for themselves in this new progression. Artists and high street fashion designers are following luxury all-stars to keep up with the moving trends.
SZA, singer and artist, has recently promoted Champion’s new gear. With “Sustainability Gang” stitched across the chest of a sweatshirt and “Puck Flastic” stitched on iconic sweatpants, leading athleisure brands are also pushing for sustainable messages.
Adidas also caught up with this trend by creating a sustainable snowboarding line. Constructed with recycled and PCF- free materials, the new 2018 Fall/Winter collection consists of new styles that are innovative in design and materials.
Jaden Smith is another style icon who stepped up to partner with G-Star RAW to create sustainable denim. Smith is also working closely with the JUST WATER initiative, making clean water accessible to all.
Haute couture is entering a new era where fashion is not just about looks, but about the material, the environmental footprint and the ethics. Consumers are finding sustainable products trendy because of the growing desire to save the earth for future generations that have to employ the same resources. However, a question arises of how sustainable a company can actually be while still making a profit.
Not only are products expensive to produce, but they are pricey for the consumers, too. These processes include low-impact organic crops that are maintained without pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
Another aspect of sustainability falls under ethical working conditions and and fair wages, which is another factor in the higher pricing of these products.
Sustainable practices are seemingly more prevalent within the luxury sector, but will hopefully expand to other sectors of the industry, such as “fast fashion.” Sustainability is a fad that is growing in different ways and, it looks to grow in the future.
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Bike shorts have been in and out of style since Princess Diana was first spotted wearing them as a fashion item rather than athletic wear in the 1990s. In the spring of 2018, the shorts popped up again and have continued to cameo throughout the year.
Since the 2018 Yeezy-inspired debut, “fashion” bike shorts have expanded into many colors and styles. This past runway season saw high-end fashion houses incorporating the trend: Fendi and Roberto Cavalli displayed bike shorts on the runway.
The shorts already have a fanbase with social media stars and models. In the past months, the Kardashian-Jenner crew has hopped on the trend.
Kim Kardashian West was the first in the family to be spotted in the stretchy, spandex shorts. As the wife of Kanye West, rapper turned designer, Kardashian West tends to be ahead of the trends when it comes to women’s fashion.
Kendall and Kourtney pair the shorts with more dressed-up looks, while Kylie and Kim usually lean towards the streetwear side. Models such as Hailey Baldwin, Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid have all been spotted wearing the trend, as well.
The beauty of the bike short trend is that they can be paired with almost anything. Fashion has no rules, right?
The shorts can also be found in different materials and fabrics such as faux leather, spandex and cotton. They also come in varying lengths, ranging from just above the knee to only a few inches of inseam.
The question is how long it will last. Based off of the previous styles that have been adopted by the Kar-Jenner family, it appears that these shorts will stick around for a while. Bike shorts are extremely comfortable and can be styled with almost any look.
Fashion may have no rules, but bike shorts are definitely changing the status quo.
London Fashion Week 2018 debuted Tisci’s first collection of work at Burberry, the eponymous brand Thomas Burberry started in 1856. Tisci served as Givenchy’s creative director from 2005 to 2017 where he became known for dark, robust and innovative work. Most recently, Tisci worked with NikeLab in 2017 on a sportswear collaboration. He knows what he is doing, and Burberry hoping Tisci will put it on the streetwear map.
In Tisci’s debut for the London based brand, Tisci revived Burberry’s iconic plaid pattern in new ways. First, using Burberry’s iconic colors, Tisci emphasized the horizontal lines on a pair of shorts. The shorts still carry signature Burberry style, but removing the vertical lines from the plaid patterning the piece is not as obnoxious and becomes modern.
Second, he redesigned the monogram to include the letters ‘T’ and the ‘B,’ paying homage to the original creator, Thomas Burberry.
Tisci’s streetwear background allowed him to capitalize on current trends. Waist bags (commonly called fanny packs), padlocks, chains and essential Great Britain accessories, such as an umbrella, were present in his collection. Using new trends, paired with the usual high fashion elements of Burberry, Tisci attracted the eyes of streetwear enthusiasts and created a new community for the brand.
Finally, graphics and workwear played a large role in Tisci’s design for the Spring 2019 season. In 2017 and 2018, many other fashion houses capitalized on graphic t-shirts. However, Tisci focused more on graphics and not just graphic, name-baring t-shirts.
Printing many smaller graphics on a shirt allows for the piece to be more versatile and wearable. He also applied this concept to workwear, such as putting the designs on jackets. The growing popularity of business attire in the fashion world, combined with the ease of layering it into an outfit, made it a standout during Burberry’s show.
When Tisci was hired to Burberry people were worried. After seeing his collection at London Fashion Week, it is clear that Tisci is adding his twist through accessories, graphics, and redesigns while keeping the essence of Burberry that it has held for more than 100 years.
Hurricane Florence hit the east coast between North and South Carolina as a Category 1, maintaining wind speeds upwards of 100 miles per hour, destroying property and causing major flooding. In the wake of Florence’s devastation, North Carolina has showed a strong commitment to giving back with a number of fashion-focused charities lending a hand to relief efforts.
The first is Pura Vida, a company created to give back to communities living in poverty and different charities around the globe. Jordan Howell, a sophomore majoring in exercise and sports science, is a representative for Pura Vida and is promoting the bracelets on UNC-CH’s campus to raise awareness.
“My favorite thing about Pura Vida is their love for giving back,” Howell said.
Pura Vida’s newest venture is $6 bracelets, with $3 from each bracelet being donated to the American Red Cross. Using the code “JordanDHowell20” at checkout, you can get 20 percent off of the entire order sitewide.
The second company making an impact is Fresh Prints, an organization started in 2009 by college students, which is selling t-shirts that read “Carolinas in my mind.” Gillian Totaro, a sophomore majoring in advertising, is one of three campus managers at UNC-CH.
“The shirt creates awareness,” Totaro said. “You’re donating but also getting the cute t-shirt.
“Although we can’t all physically be there to help with Florence relief, this offers an opportunity to make a small contribution to the cause,” Howell said.
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