Is the Fashion Industry Cutting Edge or Still A Couple Steps Behind?

There’s something that’s been really bothering me with the fashion industry that needs to be left back in 2017. People who are different only being “featured” in high fashion shows and not the focus of these fashion shows.

With fashion week 2018 coming to New York in a month there are so many things to expect. Fashion trends from classic and clean lines to frump chic will make their mark on the run way. Fashion designers being innovative in every possible way can also be expected. Another thing that can be expected to walk the catwalk this year; models who look exactly the same.

There has been this standard in fashion show during fashion week that the models are tall, super skinny, and, of course, white. This bothers me to no end. Fashion designers know that there are more body types out there than this right?

All across the globe fashion week 2017 is known as the year that broke the records. Why? It was the first year a black male walked the runways of Seoul fashion week. It was also the year we saw fashions designers work with plus size models only. It is also the year we finally saw models with albinism, transgender models, and fashion lines catering to Muslim women.

Anniesa Hasibuan - Runway - September 2016 - New York Fashion Week: The Shows
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: A model walks the runway at the Anniesa Hasibuan during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)

One of the main ideas of fashion is to celebrate uniqueness and differences yet this is the first year we’re actually seeing “actual” people walk the runways of fashion week? The world doesn’t consist of just the super tall and super thin. The average pant size of women in America is a size 16, not the sample sizes 2 or 4. There really isn’t status quo for what is “normal” anymore and the fashion industry has yet to catch up.

It’s a little strange when you think about it. The fashion industry is suppose to be top of the line when it comes to innovation and uniqueness. Every year you can expect something different during fashion week in major cities across the globe but there are still somethings that are keeping the fashion industry a couple steps behind.

The industry, especially high end fashion brands, need to work on being more inclusive. Models who are different when compared to the fashion standards should not be put on the back burner. There are people who looks at these events, billboards, and fashion magazines who don’t fit the fashion industry standards by any means. These fashion shows need to reflect that.

I know it’s hopeless to wish for such a swift change in the fashion industry with New York fashion week coming so close but 2019 is far away. We still have a long way to go until next year with so many barriers to break. For now, let’s see what happens during New York Fashion week 2018.

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