Still…No Diversity in Menswear Shows

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, 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?

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Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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