It’s been a hot topic within the fashion industry for a while now, and finally brands are starting to get the message – we need diversity on the runways. And while the statistics prove that we’re making headway in an industry that has been lacking for so long, there is still work to be done.At the end of last season’s Fashion weeks, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour spoke out on the issue stating that diversity on the runways finally felt like the rule, not the exception.
“It was a giant step forward and I think that those who have spoken up in the past publicly should really be given a lot of credit. And I hope that those that did not follow suit will now recognize that fashion has a responsibility to be in step with the times and not persist in portraying a one-note way of looking at women.”
With a number of beautiful black faces walking in the designer runways and Prada opening with a black model for the second time in history, we’re keen to see what exciting things are to come, particularly in the lead up to Melbourne’s VAMFF next week.
But our favourite part about fashion week is undoubtedly the incredible street fashion and this is where our favourite black women really shine. We’ve picked out some of the most stylish people who strutted their stuff on the streets of Paris last week. Here are three of the must-have trends for the coming season.
Tartan, plaid and business chic.
Peek-a-boo layers and tartan school- girl charm. Winnie perfectly pulls of the preppy look with a sultry barely-there shoulder. Sometimes you don’t need to add colour to an outfit to add interest. This monochromatic ensemble focuses on shapes and patterns and reignited our love for a classic tartan print.
Keeping it casual, Lineisy Montero fashions the tartan print with slacks with some squeaky clean flat boots. For a more gender-neutral, business boss kind of feel this look is perfection. It’s also a look that will take you from desk to dinner in one simple stride.
The ankle grazer.
We’d almost argue that the ankle length coat is timeless and a must-have in any winter wardrobe, so this season is no exception. Shiona Turini proves this along with Instagram’s fashion editor Eva Chen. The coat features a classic colour palette with a modern twist. We’ve seen single stripes come into play with jeans a lot last season, but this white stripe down the side of her grey coat is simple, sophisticated and stylish – everything you need in a winter coat.
For a better autumn option, we’re loving the sleeveless angle-grazing coat. This piece is a trans-seasonal must-have, with a multitude of layered styling options.
Bold monochromatic palettes.
What used to be a serious faux-pas in the fashion world has become a hot new look. Pick one colour (and no it can’t be black!) and match your whole outfit. Here’s some of our favourite monochrome styling pulled off perfectly.
So while in Australia, we’re only just saying goodbye to summer, these looks from Paris Fashion Week have given us some amazing ideas for our winter wardrobes. In the meantime, VAMFF here we come!