NY Fashion Week is the intersection of controversy and history making

Hasibuan is the first designer to have all models wear hijabs.

Credit: @anniesahasibuan

Hasibuan is the first designer to have all models wear hijabs.

Hundreds of fashion shows and plenty of strange trends hit New York City around September every year. Although annual, New York Fashion Week is always a little different. New designers break ground with new ideas and there is always a few fashion that make people are taken the wrong way.

Kanye West released his season 4 Yeezy collection, and it was not a favorite among most runway goers. His show took place outside in the hot sun, where models stood in the grass as other models walked down the runway. Many of the models standing in heels ended up taking them off, and some even sat down because they were so tired. West also stirred the waters with his casting call for the show, saying he wanted “multiracial women only.” People were mad because it sounded like he didn’t want black women.

Marc Jacobs’ show featured many upcoming models such as Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid (who took a tumble during the Michael Kors show). The collection featured the models wearing fake, colorful dreadlocks which caused an uproar as well. People felt as though it wasn’t fair that when regular black women and men have dreads, they loose job opportunities because of their appearance. However, when models wear dreadlocks or cornrows on the catwalk, it’s considered “boho chic” or a fashion statement.

For an industry that has been so rooted in showing off tall and tiny women, Sirano’s step towards making the industry more friendly to all body types is bold.”

— RubicOnline Editor Isabel Saavedra Weis

But things are changing for the good too. Designer Anniesa Hasibuan made history when all her models strutted wearing hijabs. Hijabs have been growing in popularity among high-fashion brands, making appearances in Dolce & Gabbana ads. Regardless, Hasibuan is the first designer to have all models in hijabs. Her show received a standing ovation and is a very big step for Muslim and Indonesian fashion.

Project Runway alum Christian Sirano also made some new choices that impacted the fashion world in a positive way. Instead of showing his work on models that are all stick thin, he used “real” women. Sirano grew up in a house hold filled with women of all different sizes, which is why his models were diverse and ranged from curvy to slim.

For an industry that has been so rooted in showing off tall and tiny women, Sirano’s step towards making the industry more friendly is a step in the right direction.