Top model Fran Summers is styled by Grace Coddington in ‘Up, Up and Away’, lensed by Arthur Elgort for British Vogue’s September 2019 issue.
Top model Fran Summers is styled by Emmanuelle Alt in ‘The Importance of Being Constant’, lensed by Hedi Slimane for Vogue Paris August 2019./ Hair by Sam McKnight; makeup by Aaron De Mey
Vogue Japan kicks off the Fall 2019 fashion season, releasing a major parade of model covers styled by Anna Dello Russo. Photographers Luigi & Iango are behind the lens bringing 10 top models front and center. They include Adut Akech, Anok Yai, Fran Summers, Hikari Mori, Kris Grikaite, Primrose Archer, Rebecca Leigh Longendyke, Remington Williams, Signe Veiteberg and Ugbad.
On a side note, many of fashion’s most articulate voices — Naomi Campbell to name one — are watching this year of models of color on the march. Personally, I think we’re entering a period of continued ascendancy for models of color, who are being propelled forward in the culture from politics to Hollywood and beyond.
I’m one of the people who is counting, tracking, observing any sign of the fashion industry falling back into old bad habits (which is a nice way of describing past reality.) If Vogue Japan is an indication, this new, beautiful and inspiring reality is going strong into Fall 2019. Our foot is on the pedal, and we’re not letting up on the drive for women of color to finally bloom in all their glory. We want to kick that door wide open and bolt it to the wall, so that it never closes on them again. Ever. ~ Anne
Sarah Mower is the first person voice behind Vogue’s August 2019 in-depth ‘The Present Is Female: The Designers Behind a Fashion Revolution.’
A FEMALE CULTURE runs far and wide across the landscape of 21st-century fashion. It’s there at the top of the canopy, in major Parisian houses; it pervades the uprising of young, self-made independents and generations of established entrepreneurs: a multifaceted critical mass of women steadily working to change an industry for the better. What’s remarkable is the way they talk about feeling, their agile ability to intuit the time we live in, and their quiet but steady turning of the fashion world toward the overthrow of bad and old institutional behaviors.
Models Babacar N’Doye, Fran Summers, Giselle Norman, Leonard Mushiete, Nora Attal, Tom Heyes, and Ugbad Abdi are styled by Kate Phelan for ‘At the Edge of the World’. Photographer Alasdair McLellan captures the luxury-tailored crew in the remote beauty of Dungeness in Kent, England for British Vogue’s August 2019 issue.
The Biblical references are clear, but if this talented cast of multiracial models is headed for America now that Brexit-lover Boris Johnson is poised to become Britain’s Prime Minister, Trump wants to give them a heads-up, America is closed. Read on: Trump officials pressing to slash refugee admissions to zero next year @ Politico.
Abby Champion, Adut Akech, Andreja Pejic, Anna Ewers, Anok Yai, Ariel Nicholson, Fei Fei Sun, Fran Summers, Gemma Ward, Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, Kesewa Aboah, and Paloma Elsesser are styled by Sara Moonves in ‘Check, Please’. Annie Leibovitz captures the noble origins sorority girls en masse for American Vogue August 2019.