It’s going to be a very different Fashion Week in New York this season. Although partial virtual and in-person shows and presentations will take place, editors and fashion enthusiasts alike will miss the buzz and crowds that comes with fashion week. That’s not to say it won’t still be exciting, take the Black in Fashion Council (BIFC) for example.
IMG, organizers of NYFW announced that the Black in Fashion Council will still be hosting events and programming. Started by Teen Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Lindsay Peoples Wagner and PR consultant Sandrine Charles earlier this summer, the organization looks to gain proper representation for Black people within the fashion and beauty industry. By August, they had 32 major brands signed on, including L’Oréal, Farfetch, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Condé Nast and several others.
BIFC plans to hold a Black in Fashion Discovery Showroom that will introduce and highlight Black designers for press and buyers to chat to and view collections. They will also host a town hall on September 17 to discuss their focus areas for media, beauty and talent. All coverage will be available on NYFW.com.
“Our focus this season was to make sure that we are a resource to Black designers,” said Wagner. “A lot of designers we reached out to are lacking not only funding but also support and a sense of community, so we wanted to provide a space both physically but also virtually to discuss these things and make sure that Black designers are seen and heard and amplified.”
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