Chromat Breaks the “Regular” Model Mold at 2017 Fashion Week

The runway models at Chromat’s Spring 2017 New York Fashion Week runway show looked decidedly normal. Normal, as in “like most women,” not as in “normal six-foot-tall, size 2 Amazon goddess.” The show included tall people, short people, thin people, curvy people, a woman wearing a prosthesis, and even trans model Carmen Carrera, who opened […]

‘Black Models Matter’ Protests Paris Fashion Week

In the Balenciaga show at Paris Fashion Week 2017, 47 models walked the runway. Only four of them were people of color. It was worse in the Gucci show in Milan on February 22, where there were only 17 models of color out of 119 total models. It’s against this background that model Indi Irvin, […]

IMG Signs Hijab-Wearing Model Halima Aden

Nineteen-year-old Halima Aden probably never imagined, as she was growing up in a Kenyan refugee camp, that she would one day be a world-class model. But she is, thanks to a series of fortunate events. First, she made headlines in November 2016 when she competed in Minnesota’s Miss USA competition while wearing a hijab, and […]

2017 Fashion Is A 1980s Revival

Brace yourselves, everyone! Tiger stripes, acid wash, neon colors, big shoulders and bedazzled everything are coming back into fashion again! For those of us who have some nostalgia for the 1980s—the decade of John Waters movies, Jane Fonda workouts, and, for some of us, punk rock and its cousins—this trend brings some good news. For […]

What is the Body Positivity Movement?

The media, fashion, tabloids, advertising and a variety of other industries all pressure people, particularly women, into believing that they need to look a certain way. Everyone needs to be petite, with just the right amount of muscle to fit into and be flattered by the latest fashion trends. You’d better not look too old, […]

Luxury fashion must find the right balance between exclusivity and availability to keep consumers motivated by designer and brand satisfied that their designer handbag has a strong luxury pedigree.

Affordable Luxury Brands Help Investors Fashion Profits

Luxury fashion commands media attention and generates headlines. And that’s where it stays for most consumers. They simply can’t afford the gown Lupita Nyong’o wore to the 2015 Oscars. The price tag for this Calvin Klein design was $140,000. Famous people wear one-of-kind couture creations. Regular people buy products created by designers like Tory Burch, […]