Milan Fashion Week showcases emerging Black designers, launches initiative to fight discrimination

MILAN — Milan Fashion Week highlighted diversity and in a new initiative that aims to promote inclusion across the industry and the return of a showcase for underrepresented designers as five days of mostly womenswear previews for Fall-Winter 2024-25 got underway on Wednesday.

An agreement signed Tuesday by the Italian fashion council, a governmental anti-discrimination office, and a nonprofit promoting African fashion seeks to “trace, identify and fight” discriminatory practices. The initiative will start with a broad survey to create a snapshot of the representation of women, people of color and other underrepresented groups across the industry, from fashion houses to suppliers.

The president of the Italian National Fashion Chamber, Carlo Capasa, told The Associated Press that he hopes to have results in a year.

Capasa said he was approached by Premier Giorgia Meloni ’s anti-discrimination office for the initiative “to understand what can be done better,” tapping the

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Revealed: The 6 Exciting Young Brands Shortlisted For This Year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund

Judging by the 16Arlington campaign images currently being pasted on billboards around London – hello, Edie Campbell reclining in ravishing red sequins! – 2024 is shaping up to be a remarkably good year for the label. The Hackney-based brand was announced as the winner of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund in 2023, with founder Marco Capaldo receiving a cash prize of £150,000, which he plans to invest in sustainable design, marketing and in-person events.

Since its inception in 2008, the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund has spearheaded the ascents of Richard Quinn (2022), Wales Bonner (2019), and Molly Goddard (2018). Today, the British Fashion Council announces the shortlist for the 2024 edition: Ahluwalia, Chopova Lowena, Clio Peppiatt, Knwls, Nensi Dojaka and Stefan Cooke are all in the running for the prestigious award.

Priya Ahluwalia wears draped moir dress and leather boots. Abny wears satin shirt satin skirt and leather boots. All...

Priya Ahluwalia wears draped moiré dress and leather boots. Abény wears satin shirt, satin skirt, and leather boots.

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