Changing Faces at NY Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 by Chaunette Lumpkins

 

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Chaunette interviewing Legendary Bassist, Ron Carter and his Wife after Sukeina show.

Fashionistas, you are cordially invited to enjoy the Spring 2014 collections with Progressive Pulse. Your tour guide Chaunette welcomes you to the fashion mecca.

More than 300 collections were shown during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring 2014, September 5-12.  Stiletto heels and catwalk mania took over the fashion world in NYC.  The usual suspects, NYC trendsetters Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Y-3’s

LaQuan Smith NY Fashion Week SS'14

LaQuan Smith SS2014

obstreperous sportswear collection and the swag of Sukeina, to name a few, transcended the week’s standard blur of typical fashion world drama.

The couture designers delivered badass crop tops with smart, bold prints. Yes, abs out, people! Are you working your abs and ass yet? Racy v-lines, hip-flowing fringe with a hint of choice accessories, hot wedges and of course, stiletto heels. More abs in vibrant colors, soft whites, neutral color blends with chiffon and leather will undoubtedly be the direction for spring season. My trainer has me on a rigorous core strength-shopping workout. I’m terrible, I know.  Say it with me: Pilates, hip-hop abs and spinning class.

NYFW has changed its style by opening its private gates via social media where the average fashionista was once only on the outside looking in. Although it’s still exclusively attended by A-listers, celebrities, fellow designers and editors worldwide, for the first time the public was allowed to watch the live stream of shows daily on various websites and streaming blogs: http://newyork.mbfashionweek.com/live.

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Sukeina – NY Fashion Week SS ’14

Change brings controversy, resistance and debate about the lack of diversity on the runways.  African-American supermodels Iman, Naomi Campbell and Bethann Hardison have spoken out for a more diverse representation on the fashion runways.  All three women are active members of the

Katya Leonovich - NY Fashion Week SS '14

Katya Leonovich – NY Fashion Week SS ’14

Diversity Coalition, an organization that fights for increasing diversity within the fashion industry.  Go, girls! The coalition released an email to the fashion world as part of a campaign called Balance Diversity that called out the fashion houses that consistently use only one or no models of color in their shows, calling it racism. Well yeah…“No matter the intention, the result is racism,” the email states. “Whether it’s the decision of the designer, stylist or casting director, that decision to use basically all white models, reveals a trait that is unbecoming to modern society.”  Then, in an even bolder move, the email named several specific houses that are guilty of this. The famous roster included Chanel, Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Donna Karan, Armani, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Proenza Schouler.  Many of us were appalled that numerous models appeared ridiculously thin—unhealthy and as young as 14 years of age—even though designers and modeling agencies have pledged not to cast girls younger than 16 in runway shows.  Trust them, if you want!

A highlight for me was discovering a handful of diverse designers from Argentina and Senegal who were featured throughout the week.