I’m not trying to be politically correct with these two links but I think it’s interesting how The Guardian (UK)and it’s Sunday version The Observer (and Vogue, however if you go to their website of the 12 models featured on the home page none are black) are making an effort to cover more multicultural fashion stories. Is this a new fashion media trend? Has the publishing world just figured out that it’s not just white people with money to spend on fashion. Good work team!
Article on a Muslim blogger championing funky head scarves: The Hijab Goes High Fashion
Jana Kossaibati, whose blog, Hijab Style, claims to be the UK’s first style guide for Muslim women, says women are getting more experimental. “Muslim girls are very conscious of the way they dress. When you wear a headscarf you stand out as a Muslim, so what kind of message are you also sending out if you look drab or messy?” Kossaibati started her site because there wasn’t another like it in the UK, “but since it began 10 months ago a lot of others have appeared,” she says.
Although older Muslim women often choose a style of headscarf that reflects their cultural heritage, younger women are mixing techniques from all over the Muslim world with newly created styles to complement Western clothes.
And also on a multicultural tip: Fashion World Stunned by Vogue For Black
It’s nearly August, the retail fashion industry is in an uneasy slump, and summer issues of women’s magazines are gaunt for want of advertising. Yet in the past four weeks, the ‘black issue’ of Italian Vogue has caused such a phenomenal demand at news-stands in Britain and the United States that Condé Nast, the publisher, has rushed to reprint and distribute 40,000 more copies.
The explosive content of what, by any standards, is a small-circulation magazine with an average monthly sale of 109,000, is now being spoken about as a cultural watershed in fashion. With the next show season six weeks off, its influence might finally end the ‘white-out’ that has come to dominate catwalks and magazine pages.