You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem. For the longest time, many in the fashion industry especially those of color have lamented at the dearth of diversity in fashion shows, campaigns and such. Bethann Hardison has been calling for diver, Vogue has been called out for not putting non-caucasian models on their pages. There was a time when Ebony Magazine founder John Johnson’s wife Eunice would buy clothes from top label designers for her traveling Ebonfy Fashion show. Things haven’t changed much but they are getting better with understanding Allies. Such was the case at the Spring 2019 Valentino Couture show in Paris, where the fashion house’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli decided to be a part of the solution and conversation to advance diversity on the runway. In describing the Spring 2019 Valentino Couture show, he noted:
“I have asked the seamstresses of the Atelier to personally name each dress with a name of a flower or with the emotion brought by the flower itself. I was inspired by the Abécédaire de Flore”.
Check out all the beautiful black and brown models including Naomi Campbell who closed the show, that were on the runway for Valentino Couture Spring 2019. Maybe others, except for Dolce unless they get rid of that vile designer of theirs, can start getting with the program. May-jah moment goes to the incomparable Pat McGrath and the makeup team.
Naomi Chin Wing
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