The fashion week is going for size-inclusivity this year, but there’s still a long way to go.
Size inclusivity is not something you usually see in the fashion industry, but the 2021 New York Fashion Week is changing that for good. Often there are few plus-size models featured, and those who are cast to walk the most prestigious of runways typically fit the same curvy body ideals. However, this season, things are starting to change, promising a size-inclusive world.
As opposed to the last few years, the runway got the presence of new faces. More plus-size models made their NYFW debut, this way the fashion industry’s helping to normalize different body sizes that previously felt out of reach.
Of course, there is a long way to go. NYFW is only starting in this matter on what true, authentic diversity. But this season—with designers like Michael Kors, Laquan Smith, Gabriela Hearst, Maryam Nassirzadeh, Moschino, and more who now don’t get to say who can and can’t walk the runway—felt like a breath of fresh air at what the future might hold for everyone in the fashion industry.
Designers including Christian Siriano and Becca McCharen-Tran served curves as they always do—particularly McCharen-Tran's Chromat, which celebrated diversity on the runway in a way no major fashion week designer has ever been able to accomplish.
“Even though the industry has come so far in terms of representation … I don't often end up in physical situations where I am surrounded by more types of bodies and abilities and identifications in the same room working for the same brand, [and I did this season],” says Lauren Chan of JAG Models who walked for both Christian Siriano and Peter Do. “I find that incredibly exciting because the energy is so promising; You’re able to really see the progress that we've made just by scanning a room at New York Fashion Week these days.”
While The Fashion Spot has yet to release its annual diversity report, a look through the collections presented this season at NYFW shows a common thread: Curves. A bright future is ahead.