Graham gives fashion week advice

Ashely Graham knows a thing or two about injecting a bit of body diversity into the fashion industry, and at this season’s New York Fashion Week, she truly outdid herself by featuring all body types on the runway of her lingerie show for Addition Elle. But, the trailblazing model wishes she could say the same for other fashion shows.

According to Cosmopolitan, Graham told Yahoo Style that Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma show should have added curvier models to their already diverse lineup walking down the runway.

“I was at Fenty last night, and that was an amazing show. But how dope would it have been to see some curves on the runway?” she said, before adding that “it was a very diverse group of women, which was really nice.”

Hopefully, with more people like Graham speaking out on the lack of body diversity in the fashion industry, things will finally begin to change.

 

J.Crew represents customers on runway

Watching runway shows at New York Fashion Week may feel like stepping into a utopia of high fashion and beautiful models, reading more as a form of art than as a presentation of upcoming design trends. That’s why J.Crew’s president and executive creative director placed some different faces on the runway for their fashion week show this year.

According to The Cut, the brand and its overarching tastemaker Jenna Lyons decided to hire “real, non-model people” to walk their forthcoming designs down the runway this year in an effort to think specifically about their customers.

“There’s so much going on in fashion, and I think one of the things that’s getting lost is the connection to people,” Lyons told The Cut of the decision. “And we keep talking about customers, but we’re not really talking to them, and it was a way to actually, I don’t know, talk to people.”

The Cut reports that Lyons and her team “made a list of 80 people, more than 90 percent of whom she knew through business or personal relationships; the rest were people she found randomly.” One such model: W Magazine writer Vanessa Lawrence, someone The Cut says Lyons met over the summer when she attended Giovanna Battaglia’s wedding.

The only other criterion for selecting the models was to ensure a diverse group, says The Cut,  with Lyons revealing to the site that she didn’t want to be guided by a specific vision; instead, she was focusing on making sure her models felt beautiful.

“Someone said to me, ‘Who is your muse?,’” she told The Cut, “and I was, like, ‘I don’t know, someone who likes clothes.’ It’s not about one individual person, I want everyone to feel beautiful, I want everyone to feel connected to the brand. They don’t all have to wear it the same way, I’m totally cool with that, and I love that. That’s what makes me want to make clothes, is making people feel beautiful, it doesn’t matter what they look like.”

To ensure their comfort with their looks, The Cut says Lyons and her team let the models choose how to style the looks according to their own preferences and let them do their own hair and makeup as they’d style it every day.

The goal, according to Lyons: “This was not about us telling them how to look, this was us looking at them and saying, How do you feel beautiful?

 

 

Hasibuan’s show full of firsts for NYFW

New York Fashion Week debuts a number of the most cutting-edge styles from today’s most prominent designers, but one designer’s recent show pushed the boundaries of the fashion industry in a whole new way.

Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan debuted her new collection — inspired by her hometown of Jakarta, Indonesia — at the Moynihan Station venue this week, according to ELLE, and her show was full of firsts. ELLE reports that not only was Hasibuan the first Indonesian designer to show at an official fashion week venue, she is also “the first to present a collection that has every look outfitted with hijabs.”

The designs from her D’Jakarta collection include “with trousers, suits, kimonos, tunics, and gowns all in colorful silks and patterns,” says ELLE, and each of the 48 pieces shown was styled with a hijab.

But make no mistake: these were no ordinary pieces; from peplum-style tunics to embellished kimonos, each was designed with the rich culture of Indonesia in mind.

“I want to bring the Indonesian name to the fashion world, and use my clothes to introduce people to the different and diverse parts of Indonesia,” Hasibuan told The Jakarta Postaccording to ELLE.

Capping off her runway show of firsts was a standing ovation, says ELLE — something they note is a “rare right” at fashion week.

To check out some of Hasibuan’s styles, click here.