Monday, September 9, 2013

Celebrate the World!

Diane Von Furstenburg's Spring/Summer 2014 collection was a veritable smorgasbord of supermodel talent from start to finish. Veteran supers Karen Elson and Naomi Campbell held opening and closing honours accompanied by current top models Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls, Liu Wen, Catherine McNeil, Karmen Pedaru, Sui He, Vanessa Axente, Fei Fei Sun, and Andreea Diaconu. Waiting in the wings were the season's most promising new faces Malaika Firth, Anna Ewers, Holly Rose, Amanda Murphy, and Maria Borges. Casting director John Pfeiffer clearly had the early 90s supermodel in mind as he sent a flurry of instantly recognisable faces sashaying down the runway grinning from ear to ear. Von Furstenberg and Pfeiffer have been longstanding supporters of diversity in modelling and this ethos was reflected in the Spring/Summer 2014 cast with thirteen out of the twenty-nine models featured being of colour. Speaking with buzzfeed.com earlier this year, Pfeiffer stated emphatically "Diversity is extremely important. You have to make an effort to have diversity in your casting. You really have to work at it; push yourself and push the designers to be more diverse and more inclusive. When casting for the runway, you want the models selected to be cohesive as a group both in mood and spirit. That being said, I'm not the kind of casting director that goes for a homogenous aesthetic. Maybe that look works for certain shows, but generally I find it to be bland and boring."

Karlie Kloss
Diane Von Furstenberg - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Joan Smalls
Diane Von Furstenberg - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Liu Wen
Diane Von Furstenberg - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Jourdan Dunn
Diane Von Furstenberg - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Catherine McNeil
Diane Von Furstenberg - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Juliana Schurig
Diane Von Furstenberg - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Vanessa Axente
Diane Von Furstenberg - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Amanda Murphy
Diane Von Furstenberg - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Malaika Firth
Diane Von Furstenberg - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Anna Ewers
Diane Von Furstenberg - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Holly Rose
Diane Von Furstenberg - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

Naomi Campbell
Diane Von Furstenberg - S/S 2014
Photographer - Yannis Vlamos
Source - style.com

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