The Most Diverse Runways of the Season

Spring 2018 made headlines as the most racially diverse shows in NYFW history, but the fall shows only saw a mere 0.4% increase in nonwhite models and a decrease in plus-size models. When it comes to diversity on the runways, the fashion industry has been dragging its well-heeled feet.

While the industry at large moves at a (painfully) slow pace, it’s important to spotlight the designers who are doing the work and actively ensuring representation amongst race, size, gender, and age on the catwalks. Here are our top five Fashion Week picks that promote inclusive casting and celebrate diversity:


Brandon Maxwell

Dubbed “relaxed glamour” by the designer himself, Brandon Maxwell’s vibrant fall show featured 70% women of color.



Chromat casted 9 plus-size models for its Fall show in a stunning celebration of curves and diverse body types.


Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano consistently leads the way in body diversity – his most recent show featured 10 plus-size models.


Marc Jacobs

Transgender and non-binary castings more than doubled from the Fall 2017 season, with Marc Jacobs notably including four transgender models – Hunter Schafer, Massima Lei, Ariel Murtagh, and Dara Allen – in his Fall ’18 lineup.



It was frustrating to see women in their 50s and 60s as the least represented category at fashion week, but designers like Osman and Eckhaus Latta defied the dismal numbers by including women over 50 in their presentations.


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