Displaying an all-Asian runway was on Claudia Li’s priority list, and for her Spring 2019 collection debut, she was able to achieve this goal. She shares that the standards for Asian beauty are singular, and she continues speaking for the immense diversity within the Asian community.
Tibi prides itself on providing women with pieces that reflect feminine and relaxed tones, but for Amy Smilovic, her brand speaks to both men and women who appreciate the simplicity behind her garments. In her Spring 2019 runway collection, Smilovic invited men on the runway to strut in her latest collection, and it demonstrates her position on gender-neutral fashion, which has taken off in today’s fashion world.
Sandy Liang’s runway stretched throughout the streets that molded her into becoming one of the many influential designers of her generation. She hosted her 2019 Spring collection show at Congee Village, her father’s restaurant located in New York City’s Lower East Side. Bringing the world of fashion back home to her roots is exactly what Sandy Liang intended to do, for her Chinese culture has inspired her journey as a fashion designer.
Kerby Jean-Raymond is considered one of the most exemplary designers in today’s time. He continues to integrate culture into his pieces and emphasizes the contemporary experiences of black lives in America. From the runway’s location in Weeksville, Brooklyn, to the bold, symbolic text on a T-shirt that says, “Stop Calling 911 on the Culture,” Jean-Raymond has become a pioneer in challenging societal narratives through fashion.
Home is our greatest inspiration, and for Prabal Gurung, home has given him a sense of confidence as he debuted his stunning SS19 collection with roots in the vivid culture of his homeland, Nepal. Colorful tones glided across the runway, and they represented more than just freedom of expression, but freedom of design across all genders, body shapes, and cultures.
Diversity and inclusion are the driving forces shifting societal norms, and 34 models for the Marco Marco SS19 collection have made history as part of the first show to have an exclusively transgender runway. Designer Marco Marante told Mic.com, “I wanted to create a space to celebrate trans bodies. This was an opportunity for their presence to be undeniable and reinforce that trans is beautiful.”