Now that New York Fashion Week is over, we've crunched the numbers. Of the 142 shows out of the 184 that showed at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2014*, there were 4637 looks. Of those close to 5,000 looks, around 80 percent were modeled by white women. (80 percent. That's a number that, if you look at the charts, we're growing familiar with.) Fewer than 1,000 looks were given to women who were not white, mostly black and asian women, with some non-white Latina women sneaking in there. Women of other ethnicities, like Middle Eastern women, were barely seen.
Some of the designers whose casts featured a respectable roughly 30 percent or more models of color or more were Anna Sui, Pamella Roland Jeremy Scott, Dennis Basso, Vivienne Tam, KaufmanFranco, Rachel Comey, Alice + Olivia, Ohne Tietal, Tracy Reese, Thom Brown, Diane Von Furstenberg and Zac Posen.
Calvin Klein, which notably had no models of color walk during the last New York Fashion week, upped the number from zero to five this season. But Calvin Klein still paled in comparison to its contemporaries (like Diane Von Furstenberg, who is has an equally huge legacy brand with a similar "American" aesthetic). Others that went from zero to slightly more than zero: Belstaff and Gregory Parkinson.