Designer Philipp Plein On Why He Cast Only Black Models For His Runway Show

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  • Philipp Plein - Runway - Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2014

    Now there’s a shocking headline for you! Designer, Philipp Plien casts all black models for runway show. Say word?

    The conversation around the lack of diversity in fashion pains my sole deeply. I am personally exhausted at the idea of engaging in anything more than shrugs to express my concern. We know it’s an issue. For decades, women of color have been scarce on the runway, and on a broader scale nearly void in major beauty campaigns. But what I’d love to see is a movement towards a solution and ultimately create more opportunities for black models.

    Insert Philipp Plien. He’s a popular international designer known for creating spectacles and doing the most to attract attention and buzz. His latest collection, “Teatro Philipp Plein” which debuted during Milan Fashion Week,  embodied your club kid ready for a great time out in the streets of Milan. Only thing–She’s Black!

    Philipp Plein Event - Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2014

    Each black model, including iconic Supermodels Alek Wek and Liya Kebede, strutted down the catwalk in pseudo metallic sweatpants and leg-baring cocktail dresses.

    What’s interesting is that I had just declared this same vision under the tents during New York Fashion Week. How awesome would it be for a designer, say Tracy Reese, to take this issue by the ponytail and set some real standards for the fashion industry?

    Philipp totally agrees with me! Fashionista.com reached out to the designer for a statement on his message:

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