I am sad to say that I won’t be at New York Fashion Week this year… I’ve never been before so I had daydreams of attending and covering the fabulosity for Afrobella. But the very next week I’ve got somewhere more magical and important to be — I’ll be going to my sister-in-law’s Seventies karaoke wedding in VEGAS!! I am so excited, and I’m looking for the perfect Seventies style plus size dress. (Got any suggestions? Holla at a bella!)
Even though I won’t be able to hobnob with the fashionistas, I know quite a few of the beauty bloggers I respect and admire will be on hand to cover events as they happen.
I look forward to reading the coverage and criticism on Jezebel and Make Fetch Happen. And my beauty blogging amigas The Makeup Girl, 99 Products, and Shake Your Beauty (OMG Tia is so beautiful and glowing right now!) will definitely be covering events and sharing makeup tips, so I’ll be keeping track of what they’re saying.
According to The Cut, New York magazine’s awesome fashion blog, the whitewashed trend of colorless models might be more or less over — as explained in this unfortunate quote by casting director Daniel Peddle.
“Another thing this season is trying to discern from all the girls out there the ones that are ethnically ambiguous. Girls and boys that have faces that you canâ€™t just put in a certain place or race or geography. I think itâ€™s very helpful to see those types of faces in our conflicted world because you can see that weâ€™re still evolving as humans and they are the results of people willing to go beyond the socially constructed notions around race â€¦ With the Internet and the way that everyone is so connected now itâ€™s not something you can overlook anymore. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s possible to do a modern show and have it be all blondes. I understand that sometimes a designer has an aesthetic that dictates something like that and of course weâ€™re going to work with them to achieve their goals but personally I donâ€™t find that to be a very modern statement.”
So… I guess this is a step in the right direction, but I still find myself questioning the industry. Why go for ambiguity when you could just — be diverse? And show models of a variety of ethnicities, and celebrate the spectrum of beauty without being cliche and stereotypical? Is it THAT hard? Arrrrgh!
I am trying to reserve judgment until I see the models on the runway, but I think I already see where this is going. It kind of looks like a hat tip to Vogue Italia — see, we can be down with black models too! — but in the most cautious, selective, vague manner possible. Which goes against what fashion should be about in the first place, right?
What do you think, bellas? What are your expectations for Fashion Week? What are your hopes?