June 22nd, 2010
Diversity, Fashion Bomb 101, Fashion News, Men's style
Still…No Diversity in Menswear Shows
By Claire

So as you may know, menswear collections are currently showing in Europe.

The spring 2011 lines have already displayed in Milan (and are starting to show in Paris tomorrow), so I thought it would be cool to do a little rundown of the 5 black male models to watch on the runway. I hopped on over to fashion resource Style.com, and clicked through the shows up so far. Out of thirteen, only Giorgio Armani and Z Zegna had men of color. The tally so far is TWO.

You may remember, last year I took a look at the shows as well, and also noticed the lack of diversity. Though DSquared, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, and Emporio Armani represented well, it was still on a downtick from the year prior when DSquared had an almost all black cast.

So it seems things are getting worse.

Can I be honest with you? In writing this blog and observing fashion, my goal is never to be the ‘diversity police.’ Even when I set out to write this post, my goal was to uplift and shine a spotlight on the amazing minority talent seen on international runways.

Still, it’s hard not to get dismayed when things are blatantly and unapologetically nondiverse. And all the talk about black men not wearing labels is blasphemous. Just take a look at our Men’s style section.

What do you think?

Picture Source: Style.com

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5 Responses to “Still…No Diversity in Menswear Shows”

  1. Michele says:

    thanks for posting. I have also been seeing this. I especially noticed it at Dolce and Gabbana for some reason. I think that a lot of design houses don’t think black men are sophisticated. And when they do use them they often get thrown in a b boy hip hop look. Not that it doesn’t look good, but lots of black men don’t dress like that. They wear suits and they are quite handsome and sophisticated. There are also very few Asian men as well. Its so tiring and boring to see these stereotypes keep recycling themselves.

  2. Mic says:

    i try not to support those companies who choose not to diversify their runways, thats were it really matters.

  3. britany says:

    It really irritates me, as someone who is trying to get into the fashion industry, this occurance is what makes me angry. I was watching a re-run of Sean Johns “I am king” documentary and how he used “all black models” and it was gorgeous yet made me sad that most of the fashion industry does not see the beauty of “color”!!!

  4. [...] European menswear runways may lack diversity, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of talented, gorgeous black male models. Let me introduce you to my friend, French model Maamri Farouk (www.maamrifarouk.com): The Nice native is currently unsigned (can you believe it?), but definitely has a look and build that would look fabulous on any international catwalk. He plans on moving to New York soon to find an agent and make his fashionable dreams a reality. He’s one to watch. See more pictures and contact him on his website, http://www.maamrifarouk.com. AKPC_IDS += "34160,"; Share and Enjoy: [...]

  5. Kool says:

    righteous article. thank you for this. This is just a spark of the worries we have to have for the our future and that of our kids. Despite that its just a (superficial) fashion thing, it’s also a society thing.

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