theFashionSpot Unveils Fashion Week Fall 2015 Diversity Report; Shows Slight and Slow-Moving Improvement for Models of Color

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After conducting a thorough deep-dive into the Fall 2015 runway shows from New York, London, Milan and Paris, theFashionSpot once again found an inordinate divide between white models and models of color.

TotallyHer Media’s theFashionSpot (tFS) (http://www.thefashionspot.com), the web’s largest fashion-focused community and fashion editorial site, recently published its Fashion Week Fall 2015 Diversity Report—an analysis intended to monitor how frequently models of color are utilized in runway shows. After conducting a thorough deep-dive into the Fall 2015 runway shows from New York, London, Milan and Paris, theFashionSpot once again found an inordinate divide between white models and models of color. Out of 9,538 model bookings in 373 shows, 80% were white — a ratio that closely resembles Spring 2015 (83%).

As with seasons past, New York stood out as the most diverse Fashion Week city examined, with 75.6% white models and 24.4% models of color. Compared with last season, white models were down 3.5% and the Latina presence increased 2.9%. However, Milan was the least diverse in every category, with white models dominating the runways at 84.2%. Milan’s second highest group represented were black models at a dismal 5.9%, followed closely by Asian models at 5.7%, while Latinas made up 1.6%. All in all, models of color were represented 15.8% of the time—a 12.1% increase from last season. Below is a glimpse of the overall results; a city-by-city breakdown can be found in the report.

Fashion Week Diversity by the Numbers:

Percentage of Model Castings During Fall Fashion Week – All Cities

  •     80% – Caucasian
  •     7.4% – Black
  •     7.4% – Asian
  •     2.9% – Latina
  •     2.1% – other
  •     0.2% – Middle Eastern

Most Diverse Shows, Fall 2015

  •     62.5% – Ashish
  •     61.9% – Zac Posen
  •     46.3% – Kenzo
  •     42.8% – Misha Nonoo
  •     42.1% – Balmain

Least Diverse Shows, Fall 2015

  •     0% – Sharon Wauchob
  •     0% – Yang Li
  •     0% – Ann Demeulemeester
  •     4.8% – Costume National
  •     5.3 % – Sophie Theallet

“It’s promising that a major fashion house like Balmain appeared this season on the list of most diverse shows, alongside designers like Asish, Zac Posen and Kenzo who have great castings,” said Amina Akhtar, Editorial Director for theFashionSpot. “Our hope is that these reports can show that designers can change the fashion industry, which is sadly still suffering from a diversity problem. More models of color were cast this season, but not nearly enough. We can certainly do better.”

Check out the full report here: http://www.thefashionspot.com/runway-news/559317-diversity-report-fall-2015/.

About theFashionSpot
Originating in July 2001, theFashionSpot (http://www.theFashionSpot.com) made a name for itself as an invitation-only community of designers, stylists and fashionistas that dissected designer collections, celebrating some and skewering others. Building on the largest fashion-focused community on the web, theFashionSpot.com has grown into a respected fashion editorial site with a strong and active community element. TheFashionSpot’s portfolio of sites currently reaches nearly 6.8 million unique visitors (comScore, August 2014), with close to 70,000 invitation-only members playing an active role in the site’s forum. It is that in-market participation and authenticity that makes theFashionSpot.com the largest community of fashion influencers online. In 2012 theFashionSpot was recognized by MediaPost’s OMMA Awards for website excellence in fashion and beauty. Recent brand advertisers include Macy’s, Tresemme, Anne Klein, P&G, Kraft, Coach, Revlon, Weight Watchers, and more. theFashionSpot is part of TotallyHer, an Evolve Media (http://www.evolvemediallc.com) company.

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