What Changes Does 2018 Hold for the Fashion Industry?

By: Madi Carpenter

Although we are only several weeks into the new year of 2018, the fashion industry has already set itself up for a shift that we haven't seen in years. As more sexual assault allegations are made and more houses lose their heads, this year is gearing up to be quite interesting.

 What will the industry be without the likes of Mario Testino, Bruce Weber or Terry Richardson? Definitely safer, but will the face of editorials change forever? Where is Phoebe Philo headed? Or Kim Jones and Christopher Bailey? What is on Edward Enniful's agenda for a more inclusive British Vogue? We have so many questions and no evident answers!
 Kim Jones closes his final Louis Vuitton show with the help of Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.

The New York Times broke the news of the allegations towards fashion photographer, Mario Testino, on January 13th with an in-depth report of his abuse of male models. 13 people have come forward about the sexual misconduct. Don't we all wish it was surprising? As one of the most respected photographers in the industry who has shot over 60 Vogue covers, the news would have come as a shock if the last 3 months hadn't been such a wake-up call for all areas of public industry. Testino's accusers have come out following those of fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Terry Richardson.

Conde Nast and other major publications have stated that they will no longer be working with these men and went on to create a Code of Conduct to prevent assaults like this from happening again.

 "I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Condé Nast have decided to put our working relationships with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future," said Anna Wintour in a statement which also addressed the new Code of Conduct. 

With the revelations of sexual exploitation of people employed by the fashion business by men in power, these changes should have happened long ago, yet we hope to see a safer industry in the years to come.

Mario Testino and Anna Wintour.

Weber, Testino and Richardson aren't the only names that have been in fashion news this year. On a lighter, but still dismal note, many of the beloved designers of our favorite fashion houses have announced their departures. Christopher Bailey has left Burberry, Phoebe Philo left Céline, Azzedine Alaia sadly passed in November, leaving his house vacant, and Kim Jones recently departed from Louis Vuitton. 

All these changes make us wonder if there is just a fashion musical chairs in the works or if we'll see some new faces before September. As Kim Jones' last show for Louis Vuitton ended with Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell in classic trench coats, we're speculating at whether Burberry could be his next move. As for the rest of the bunch, the industry is patiently waiting to wake up to headlines announcing where they will go next.
Adwoa Aboah for British Vogue UK December 2017.

With Edward Enninful openly criticizing the lack of diversity plaguing British Vogue as he succeeded Alexandra Schulman in August of last year, fashion lovers everywhere saw his first cover in December as a fresh page in the book of fashion. Enninful's "New Vogue" is supposed to appeal to the cool kids and not the pretentious ones. There is a lot of hope in the air surrounding this new leaf and everyone is waiting to see if he can live up to expectations of inclusivity.

Overall, the year is setting up to be an interesting one for the fashion world. With the rid of toxic waste and the promise of fresh air, the future looks bright.