It's time to talk about New York Fashion Week.
Why? Well for one, there will be newness when this season kicks off on Sept. 10: Lincoln Center is no longer the stationary home front, which means designers will be able to present collections in pockets of the city that aesthetically, functionally and financially make sense for them. This year is also seeing a heightened star-factor: Celebs like Lauren Conrad and Carrie Underwood are making their NYFW debuts. Givenchy will be presenting in NYC for the first time ever this season, with designer Riccardo Tisci democratizing his presentation by allowing 1,200 non-industry fashion fans a chance to attend the show.
And then there's the anticipation for increased diversity. Each year, conscious fashion followers wonder if they might see a more inclusive runway than the season before, and each year the results are tepid. There's regression sometimes, too—the uptick of inclusivity seen in the spring-summer 2014 season came down a notch during the fall-winter 2014 showings, according to the diversity data crunchers at Jezebel.
Which means that until improvements are consistent and significant (more on that latter word later), it's worth investigating just how white the runway is—and if the catwalk is still largely, unavoidably white, then, well, why?