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The Most Diverse Runway In History

Plus-size and transgender models on the runway has so far been limited to a model or two per show. That’s not to denigrate those models and designers who promote body positivity; rather, it only confirms that, despite the progress made, there’s still room for improvement. We know improvement is on the way, however we were pleasantly surprised when we sat down for NY Fashion Week to see this improvement first hand.

At swim and activewear brand Chromat, the clothes tell a story as much as the models who wear them. We wanted you guys to take the opening look at the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 runway on Friday night: a blue-black cropped bathing suit top replete with trendy underboob, a Lara Croft Tomb Raider-esque harness, and G-string. It would have been show-defining on its own, but designer Becca McCharen-Tran didn’t cast a straight-size cisgender (non-transsexual) woman, as is the norm in fashion, to open her show. She cast transgender model and activist Leyna Bloom.Plus-size models may be underrepresented relative to the plus-size market, but so too are trans models. Last season, trans models represented 0.17 percent of all model castings, with only 12 appearances, according to the Fashion Spot’s runway-diversity report, making transgender people the least-represented group in fashion.

For Spring 2017, transgender models constituted 0.11 percent of all runway castings in other words, 10 appearances. That’s a slight increase from the Fall 2016 season, which saw eight transgender model castings in total and double the prior season, which saw five. Eight of the 10 sightings took place in New York and four of those occurred at Chromat, where designer Becca McCharen-Tran enlisted Carmen Carrera, Leyna Bloom, Maya Monès and Aurel Haize Odogbo to showcase her architectural pieces (and, in so doing, make the case against tokenism). Ines Rau represented at Hood By Air, known ally of the transgender community. That same day, designer Rio Uribe featured Monès, Torraine Futurum and Farideh Arbanian in his club kid-geared Spring 2017 presentation. “I imagined a man borrowing his girlfriend’s lingerie or wives borrowing their husbands’ shirts and vice versa, with all of it standing for what Gypsy Sport is about: mixing genders, mixing roles, mixing identities,” Uribe told WWD.

Across the pond, Greta La Medica walked for Fausto Puglisi; she was the only transgender model hired in the city for the entire week. Ditto for Lea Tisci, who represented the transgender community in Paris at her namesake’s latest Givenchy showing.

Also making an appearance on the Chromat runway: Jordyn Woods, a Wilhelmina-signed plus-size model popping up all over New York Fashion Week, first made famous for being Kylie Jenner’s best friend (the audience burst into applause when she appeared); older models, thicker and thinner; and racially representative women with natural hair and natural bodies. Stateside, the body-positive movement is gaining unprecedented momentum. The fact that New York’s Spring 2017 runways featured the most plus-size model appearances in recent history is, in a way, a quantification of this progress. Refreshingly, plus models graced high fashion runways and names other than Ashley Graham appeared on programs. Christian Siriano cast five of the top curvy models — Marquita Pring, Alessandra Garcia Lorido, Precious Lee, Sabina Karlsson and Georgia Pratt — in his Capri-inspired presentation. Pring took a turn down Tome’s runway. Tracy Reese featured curvy model and activist Desseaux along with curvy non-models, like Kristi Henderson. Karlsson, Denise Bidot, Diana Veras, Iskra Lawrence and Victoria Gomez strolled Chromat’s ever-diverse catwalk.

That said, body diversity continues to lag far behind racial diversity. Of the 2,973 model appearances in New York, plus-size models accounted for 16 spots, which translates to a lowly 0.54 percent. Widen your scope to all of Fashion Month and that number shrinks to 0.18 percent. (Nowhere in Europe did a plus-size model grace the runway.)

Season for season, it seems the only constant is that curvy models account for less than 1 percent of the runway. For Fall 2016, there were but six (albeit less concentrated) plus-size castings. The prior season (Spring 2016) saw 14 plus-size model appearances — all of which came out of Addition Elle and Chromat in New York.

As for the clothes: There were metallic and denim, structural bodices, and reworked corsets suspiciously similar to Instagram-beloved Orseund Iris corsets. Oh, and there were anti-chafe thigh bands, both on the runway and included in guests’ gift bags. And so by the show’s end, Chromat inspired cheers and applause and praise from an exuberant audience; if only it could inspire that within fashion, with a capital F.

What were your thoughts about diversity in the Spring 2017 New York Fashion Runway?

Let us here you in the comments below.

Xx, B

Artsy Fashion

Is this the hottest look in Brazil?

It combines art and style in a way that’s reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s POP ART and the trend is only going to get bigger. Legendary Sao Paolo fashion consultant and journalist Paula Martins reports.

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Fashion and art come together in a tight bond to create a trend that has taken over the streets and runways of the Brazilian fashion universe.

Season by season, fashion movements hardly ever happen in an isolated way. Music, art and any manifestation of daily life come as inspiration for stylists who gather from these sources to create their collections. It was in the late 1960’s, with Andy Warhol’s POP ART that this had its timely start.

The massification of art allowed for the participation of fashion, making a success of this partnership that has been appearing in both national and international fashion weeks, and which now has become relevant to an ever-growing market in Brazil.

The question is: how to adapt all this information and create clothes that inspire desire and will become trends here? That’s where every brand’s talent must understand and know – without any doubt – who their customer is, to choose which artistic characteristics will work for them.

Nowadays, the term “ARTSY” synthesizes well this partnership of art and fashion. Differently from previous approaches, now art presents itself in a literal, unrestricted, inhibited way. Prints and colors possess urban characteristics and contemporary shapes, not only in conceptual fashion, but also in casual looks for daily life.

The Brazilian cultural scene is considered fruitful in this new market. The costumes from each region and state enable brands to take advantage of local talents, showing the world Brazilian daily life through clothes.

The return to our origins, going after specific characteristics – such as the handiwork of the “rendeiras”, lace makers from the city of Fortaleza, in the State of Ceará, or such as the street art of São Paulo’s graffiti artists – solidifies the identity of Brazilian fashion, rousing the interest of national brands in their own country. Imagine this scene propagated throughout 26 states, in which each has its own talents, creating artistic material unrestrictedly, just by exercising their creativity.

Simultaneously we also have the Brazilian market recognising these works and desiring to consume national art through clothes. Men and women have grasped the need of not only following international trends, but of having in their own image an identity which can be recognized as personal and untransferable.

All that aligned to a contemporary outlook that could even be exported to other countries. Production chains like weaving and manufacturing benefit from this new era and see in a positive light this union of fashion and art in Brazil.

Sweet Sweet Summertime

We create some perfect summer outfits for our perfect fashionistas.

Perfect Summer Outfits

 

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We came up with some perfect summertime outfits for you this year!

It is important to embrace style categories that can be cohesive with everyones favorite class “CASUAL.” Each outfit details a particular category of style in the fashion industry as follows: formal, edgy, street, and corporate. It is not everyday that we get to incorporate the word casual into “Business Attire” or “Edgy” but why not? What holds us fashionista’s back from becoming inspired to create a mix of our own interpretation of these categories. We do not always need to follow the rules of fashion, we can make our own. This is what being a creative is all about in our industry, so mix it up sometimes!

Through accents of bright colors, with a base of monotones & neutrals these outfits are perfect for any summer occasion. Whether you are attending a business lunch at the rooftop of the Ace Hotel in the strong summer heat, or on your way to style a photoshoot in Downtown Los Angeles; these are some perfect combinations of staying cool & maintaining your young professional look.

Street Casual Look by Creative Fashion Blogger, Julie Sariñana embraces a non-traditional take on denim overalls combined with a rough light-denim-washed cut off to provide a perfect balance of light and dark monotone denim. She uses accents of velvet red sandals to pop & and grab your attention. These characteristics play perfectly with her neutral clutch and jewelry accessories to give a subtle emphasize a subtle flow of colors.

Corporate Causal is an amazing option for a busy business fashionista in the hear. This cobalt suit from Via Delle Perle is one of our favorites! It’s a suit and it’s a suit with shorts. So far, thats three out of three! Lately here at Find Fashion we have developed a soft spot for something I like to call midi shorts. Midi shorts are definitely longer than Coachella-style barely there mini shorts but not quite as long as Culottes. Basically a happy medium and a perfect option for pretty much any occasion, especially in the heat. Having realized the full potential of midi shorts, I suddenly felt a void since none yet found their way into my closet! To fill the void, the scoured the web in hopes of finding a perfect pair, but instead found a perfect suit!

Formal Casual worn by Annabelle Fleur is a flawless combination of class and casual. This look seamlessly brings together a simple classic plaid mid top with a beautiful bright pink knee high skirt. Not only does this look have the perfect balance of bright & neutral colors, it also has a lovely balance of symmetric circular waves and crisp square shapes. To top it off, Fleur finishes the look with gold accents in her accessories such as: clutch, jewelry, and heels. This outfit can be worn to a classy business dinner, or to a casual brunch date.

Edgy Casual is one of my absolutely favorites. This outfit is edgy in all of the right places, such as the rockin’ neon yellow mid cut blazer with rolled sleeves! What a great way to embrace summer with yellow accents, and how difficult can it be to come up with a way to wear this bright of yellow? Not a problem with this style! The look is finished with a pastel loose cut blue top, and wool gray mini skirt. Who would have thought all of those items would look so good together? Straight angles and square shapes give this look the perfect edge and ranges of length to make everything flow cohesively. To finish this look flawless are the Adidas Original Superstar Foundation Leather sneakers that bring the casual to edge. We want to wear this outfit every day of the week!

Which of our summer looks is your favorite? What are some of your favorite summertime styles & trends?

Leave us a comment below with your interpretation of the perfect summertime outfits!

 

Pari Ehsan: Fusion of Art and Fashion

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 10.35.02 AMPari Ehsan is the woman behind Pari Dust, a blog and Instagram account. Pari conceptualizes  striking images that more than 150,000 people look for on their Instagram feed each day. Pari started off working at a design firm as an interior designer living in Los Angeles. And, recently nominated for the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Fashion Instagrammer of the Year Award.

One day after taking a picture of herself, Pari noticed the coat she was wearing matched the artwork she was standing in front of. This is where the idea for Pari Dust began. Pari searches for pieces of artwork or architectural spaces that she loves and are inspired by; then styles an outfit of high fashion clothing that compliments. In combining the two she creates beautiful minimalistic photographs, which are shot by her boyfriend, Jason, or photographer, Tyler.

The oeuvres come first. Every 
Saturday, Pari ventures out to 
hunt down her inspirations for the week. Starting in Chinatown where her apartment is, her giant closet is decorated by a collection of art. Pari then makes her way to Chelsea and ends in Upper Manhattan. When Pari comes across something that catches her eye, more often than not, instinctively she thinks of the perfect outfit to assemble. Now that Pari has become renowned, designers are always ready and willing to lend new pieces to Pari.  

Pari has expressed in several interviews that the combination of art, fashion and architecture was a natural choice for her. Combining the creative with the technical. Pari’s blog and Instagram are an avenue to share work from many artists and express her view on relationships between different art medias.

Images are from paridust.com