Fashion News Alert: Another NYFW Exit, Model of the Year, and the Blackamoor Brooch Controversy

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British model Adwoa Aboah has been recognized at the 2017 industry awards as its pick for Model of the Year: Women. Over 250 industry professionals chose Adwoa Aboah as the face that defined 2017.Adwoa Aboah has stood out in 2017 for her activism (Aboah’s sisterhood organization, Gurls Talk) and for career highlights in 2017 which include a Marc Jacobs beauty campaign, H&M fall 2017 campaign, Miu Miu fall 2017 campaign, Dior fall 2017 campaign, Alexander Wang spring 2017 campaign, and others, as well as British Vogue, Vogue Mexico, Vogue Espana, Love, I-D, Dazed magazine covers, the Pirelli calendar, and opening and walking in top fashion designers’ runway shows.

Adwoa Aboah is of Ghanaian and British descent.

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Rodarte defects to Paris

Another fashion brand has defected from New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS). Rodarte recently announced it will bypass NYFWS fall 2018 season and show in Paris with private appointments for the fall 2018 season. The brand’s next runway show will be in Paris for the spring 2019 season.

“We have always been up front about who we are and what we offer, which is a voice that is very different from a lot of other brands in the industry,” expressed Rodarte co-founder Laura Mulleavy in a fashionnetwork,com article. The Mulleavy sisters moved Rodarte to Paris earlier in the year. The Mulleavy sisters explained that the brand’s move to Paris was a natural evolution of the brand and a desire to delve deeper into luxury fashion that they feel they can accomplish with their move to Paris.

Rodarte will begin hosting appointments for its fall/winter 2018 private showings in Paris the week of January 22.

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Royal blunder

When can something of beauty spark media controversy? When that thing of beauty has racial overtones.

Such was the case when Princess Michael of Kent wore a broach with a blackamoor figure with gold crown and purple crystal embellishments to her cousin, Queen Elizabeth’s holiday lunch. The ‘blackamoor’ broach has caused a lot of controversy in the press and social media due to that fact that Prince Harry is engaged to Meghan Markle, a woman with African ancestry. Princess Michael was given the ‘blackamoor’ broach as a gift and has worn the broach many times prior.

 “I hope the Queen is going to ban this racist, horrible woman from attending any further gatherings,” wrote @nesslync. “Princess” Michael of Kent is an embarrassment to The Royal Family,” as reported in A spokesman for Princess Michael commented, “Princess Michael is very sorry and distressed that it has caused [offense].”

Blackamoor jewelry has had a complex history in European elite circles. Originating in Venice, blackamoor jewelry once was the epitome of glamor and paid homage to African exoticism. Princess Grace and Elizabeth Taylor have worn blackamoor jewelry.

—William S. Gooch

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