It’s New York Fashion Week, and what show is better to start the craziness than Alexander Wang? It was a star studded event with the front row being filled by names like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Die Antwood, Kim Gordon, Tyga and Miguel. Not only did Minaj come to support the event, she even went a step further to teach a class to the models backstage: How to Anaconda 101. Now that’s a class to sign up for. With her new video, the spotlight has been on Minaj’s assets now more than ever. Wang invited Minaj backstage to show the models, who ended up being looking more awkward and uncomfortable than sexy, how to do some of her moves from the video. They were clearly lacking what is needed to Anaconda, ahem, but A for effort anyways! Another face that appeared late that night at the after party was Miley Cyrus, who showed up in her most controversial outfit yet: ice cream pasties! She paired it with a pretty simple look, black pants, sneakers and a pair of Miley DIY cat eye sunglasses. It’ll be hard to top this one but we’ll be sure to look out more of her DIY outfit projects at Jeremy Scott’s show where they will be making a debut.
It’s no secret that the fashion industry has always grappled with the issue of representation, and Latino representation is no exception. The glossy catwalks of the 80s and 90s were nearly completely dominated by the (white), nepotistic European fashion houses of the day with little room for Latino designers to showcase their talents, let alone share their culture with the world; for the few that did exist–Carolina Herrera and Isabel Toledo come to mind–their Latino identities were noticeably secondary to their work. But now it’s 2023, and though the industry is not without faults, Latino/a fashion enthusiasts can now see their cultures and experiences reflected in fashion at all levels. While plenty of Latino men have made their way in the fashion world, I’d like to specifically focus on the women–who have been historically vastly overlooked–who are changing the game and pushing the boundaries of design by bringing Latin America to high fashion.