Suhad Shtayyeh
Amman, December 19, 2017
by Suhad Shtayyeh

15 Memorable Fashion Moments of 2017

This is the last segment of our three part series and we’ve saved the best for last. Five serious events from 2017 that will change the course of fashion in the near future.

11 || Models’ Rights

If you were to think about it, models are ultimately vulnerable teenagers that need to be protected. It is unlikely that these youngsters would be able to stand up for their rights… In September of this year fashion rivals Kerring and LVMH united to create a Charter on the working Relationships with Fashion Models and Their Well Being. This manifesto seeks to create a healthy environment for models in the workplace. This after whistleblower James P Scully reported on the subhuman conditions faced by models, specifically an incident at a Balenciaga casting.

12 || Modest Fashion Goes Mainstream

There are a number of factors that have affected this change. There is of course veiled model Halima Aden that was catapulted to fame thanks to Carine Roitfeld. Also, USA Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammed the first woman to compete in an Islamic veil. There is also of course the financial incentive, with the GCC purchasing power going from strength to strength.All these have pushed modest fashion into the limelight. From a dri-fit hijab created by Nike, to a veiled Barbie doll Olympian there are baby steps in what we hope is the acclimatization of the world to Muslim women’s attire.

13 || Vogue Editors

Being an Editor-in-Chief of a global magazine is a lifetime job, which means that things are unlikely to change. Take Anna Wintour for example, although she is forced to move with the tide she is unlikely to instigate change. It is the sad passing of Franca Sozzani, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia which facilitated change at the magazine. The reigns handover to Emanuele Farneti who had not previously worked at Vogue.Another change was at British Vogue with the departure of Alexandra Schulman Obe, with Edward Enninful the first black man taking over the reigns. Then there is of course the musical chairs that took place at ur neck of the woods at Vogue Arabia with Manuel Arnault previously at Architectural Digest ME taking over from Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdelaziz.

14 || Diversity

Diversity played a key role in 2017 with the fashion world acknowledging the importance of all races, shapes and sizes. From veiled Halima Aden, bi-racial Adwoa Aboah to curvy Ashley Graham, and of course Winnie Harlow who suffers from Vitiligo, these beautiful women were given the opportunity to shine. It also showed the fashion industry to be more relevant to us, because very few of us actually look likeGigi Hadid.

15 || The Curvy Woman

There has always been a divide between regular sizes and plus sizes, something that often fills curvy women with dread while shopping. The inclusive movement that has swept the fashion world incorporates a greater range of sizes so the same style is available to more people.The runways also incorporated more curvy models, not a moment too soon we say!

To read the remaining fashion moments click here.

Dec 19, 2017