fashionYou can’t embrace diversity if you keep it at arms’ distance. To that end, it’s no wonder that the designers with the most diverse runways and ad campaigns (and inoffensive clothes) are also the one with friends and collaborators across the cultural spectrum.
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malaika firthWhen Malaika was revealed as a face for Prada’s latest campaign, a number of fashion blogs were stoked. “Whoo-hoo! Progress!” they cheered. For an industry that purports itself to be ahead of the cultural zeitgeist, fashion has an abysmal record in reflecting the growing diversity of its followers and patrons.
fashion illustrationIllustration is where one gets to suspend the rules of reality and play in a world of shapes, imagination and fantasy. I work and play in that world almost every day, and gosh-darnit, it’s fun.
plus sizesWhile size 8 forms are fine for making clothes for fit models, manufacturers seem to have forgotten that the human body just doesn't "scale up" in uniform increments when it gets larger.