Last year, the Diversity Coalition, run by fashion activist Bethann Hardison, challenged the industry to diversify its runways by publicly calling out designers who’ve historically casted mostly white models. The Coalition also sent out letters to the CFDA, British Fashion Council, the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana in Milan and the Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers and Créateurs de Mode in Paris urging them to intervene. The result, according to Jezebel
, was a measly 2.72 decrease in percentage of white models. In the wake of last NYFW and Barney New York’s racial profiling
though, it appears that designers are reacting positively with more inclusive campaigns. Givenchy tapped Erykah Badu
as its new face, after showing an Afrocentric collection for spring, and even Barneys has made strides with their campaign
, featuring a diverse group of 17 transgender models. So will designers follow suit this season? Will the Diversity Coalition’s impact last season extend to this one? Will someone other than Rick Owens
please come up with an awe-inspiring show that’s both a critique of the industry’s lack of diversity and beauty ideals?