Amid the sea of 5’11″, size zero Caucasian models, the women in Nasir Mazhar‘s presentation at London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 stand out beautifully. Held at the TopShop Show Space earlier today, the British fashion designer used a variety of models, most of which could be considered unconventional for any fashion week, at the very least.
Most the models used are not of the typical proportions associated with standard size models, making it instantly more interesting to look at than. There are many women of color, as well, which is something that (sadly, unforgivably) is still not the norm in the fashion industry. And, on top of these two integral differences between this presentation and most, there are also women with tattoos — something that is still inexplicably taboo in many mainstream ideals of beauty.
Many designers justify using models who have similar “looks” (tall, thin, white) over and over because the girls are meant to model the clothing, not be the focus of people’s attention. But the lesson that can be taken away so clearly from Nasir Mazhar’s presentation: diversity in fashion is not only necessary, it’s incredibly beneficial to the designer (I mean, hi, I’m paying more attention to his collection right now because of it). These photos are just so interesting to look at, so you wind up staring at them for a longer time because of that. Check ‘em out:
So, what do you think, Glossers? Are you into this whole “diverse models” thing or what?
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