Even if the times are dominated by racism, nationalism and countries looking inwards, raising walls and locking doors and turning their backs on those in need, it seems art and culture are the ones holding up megaphones and saying what needs to be said, trying to awaken those who’ve given up and stumbling off the cliffs in a zombie like state.
In the age of Brexit Britain it’s more than comforting to flick through the march edition of British vogue and see a burst of new ads, I was surprised to find a multicultural cast of models that were BAME, I have to honestly applauded the following: Kenzo, Stella McCartney, YSL, Celine, Miu Miu, Valentino, Bottega, Micheal Kor, Marni, Mulberry, coach, Kate spade, Net-a-porter, Next, Thomas Sabo,Ralph Lauren, Nike x Fka Twigs.
Race is always something I’ve struggled seeing an industry/ cultural landscape so unapologetically white, from catwalks and adverts awash with copy and paste models, photographers, designers, stylists, art directors, editors etc predominantly white, it can be a bit alienating.
After Millan men’s fashion week, a friend and I were travelling through the airport all fashioned out (and call us cliches but probably in a pasta and pizza coma) one thing he said to me,after seeing glossy ad after ad he responded with ‘Forced to walk pass through a constant stream luxury brands linked to beautiful white faces as i board my ryanair flight with my black face’
It’s about fashion being inclusive and not exclusive and elitist, understanding that culture has been one sided for far too long and that on visual basis if you’re selling an idea, a lifestyle, a dream that it shouldn’t always be one tone of skin that’s applicable to all races, we’ve got a long way to go before we have a multicultural industry but this is a start and I’m happy it’s happening.
Is this a moment or a movement? Has or are the tides about to change? Hopefully it’s the latter and the worlds waking up and finally addressing the one way traffic system of idealised notions of beauty