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Fashion News Round-up: Diversity at Fashion Week and a Supermodel Exhibition

Monday 17 October 2016
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It’s been another busy week for fashion, seeing new collaborations, exhibitions opening, and some good news for diversity in fashion. Catch up with the latest news here.

Fashion Week SS17 shows saw more diversity than ever

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Ashish SS17. Credit: Getty Images.

According to the Fashion Week Diversity Report, the catwalks of this September’s SS17 Fashion Week were some of the most diverse in recent years. The report included 299 runway shows and 8,832 model appearances in the London, New York, Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks. Although only 25.4% of models were non-white, this is the first time that more than a quarter of castings were women of colour. While there is still much need for more diversity, this marks improvement in the often whitewashed fashion industry.

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Kenzo x H&M

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The next H&M designer collaboration is set to be with Kenzo, and the full look book has just been released. The clothes are brightly coloured, featuring beautiful patterned dresses and a lot of animal prints. These are stand out pieces that make for fun, playful and creative dressing. The collection will be released on 3rd November. Designed by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon in their partnership with the high street brand, their theme was diversity, which is certainly reflected in the look book.

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 Brendon Babenzien’s menswear label, Noah

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After leaving his position as Design Director at skate brand Supreme, Brendon Babenzien launched a socially conscious label, Noah, just under a year ago. The label is excelling with its mix of casual tailoring and sportswear. Quality is of the highest importance to Noah, and at the core of the brand is the ethos to treat the environment, its workers and consumers fairly.

‘Supermodels at the End of Time’ exhibition

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This new exhibition and limited edition book by photographer Miles Landin explores the supermodel era of the 1980s and 90s. The photographers provide an insight into fashion history and the major supermodels of this time, such as Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Lauren Hutton, Iman, Christy Turlington and Devon Aoki. The exhibition is open at Station Independent Projects, New York, until October 30th 2016.

Designer exhibition opens at Joyce, Hong Kong

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To celebrate their grand relaunch this weekend, famous Hong Kong boutique Joyce hosted ‘The Golden Needle,’ an interactive exhibition that showcased the work of the fashion designers that the retailer has always supported, such as Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens and Haider Ackermann. Taking place in the maze of rooms of the store, the exhibition was curated by production designer Joseph Bennet and historic consultant Olivier Châtenet.