Saturday, September 14, 2013

Double Edged Sword - Calvin Klein S/S 2014

Calvin Klein's Spring/Summer 2014 collection responded to criticism of its purported white-washed runways with a cast comprised of sizzling exclusives, established faces, and most notably five black models. Casting duo Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes' selected Jasmine Tookes, Malaika Firth, Senait Gidey, stunning Jamaican Kai Newman, and exclusive French beauty Cindy Bruna to spearhead Calvin Klein's Spring/Summer 2014 presentation. The appearance of the Lucky Five marks the first time a black model has graced a Calvin Klein ready-to-wear runway since the label's Fall/Winter 2012 collection. Calvin Klein's take on diversity excluded Asian models who were entirely overlooked in spite of the plethora of Asian modelling talent in town for the New York Spring/Summer 2014 season. Maida & Rami sent a cavalcade of newcomers including Elodie Prieto, Ophélie Guillerand, Sarah Harper, Carolina Sjostrand, Cassi Van den Dungen, Marta Dyks, Kasia Krol, Kate Goodling, and Vera Vavrova down the runway for Francisco Costa's stunning experiment in "elevated deconstruction". Established models Julia Nobis, Tilda Lindstam, Marine Deleeuw, Vanessa Axente, Edie Campbell, Ieva Laguna, and Joséphine Le Tutour also brought an air of familiarity to the 10th Anniversary celebration of Costa's reign at Calvin Klein. Given Calvin Klein's seemingly indifferent attitudes to representation of minority groups with only six different black models (excluding the current five) being featured on its runways over the past 8 years, some may dismiss Maida & Rami's Spring/Summer 2014 band of black beauties as an act of tokenism. Either way IMA sees reason to celebrate as Firth, Newman, Gidey et al. launch an assault on the European show circuit buoyed by their groundbreaking Calvin Klein appearances.

Kai Newman
Calvin Klein - S/S 2014
Photographer - Fablo Iona
Source - style.com

Kasia Krol
Calvin Klein - S/S 2014
Photographer - Fablo Iona
Source - style.com

Sarah Harper
Calvin Klein - S/S 2014
Photographer - Fablo Iona
Source - style.com

Cindy Bruna
Calvin Klein - S/S 2014
Photographer - Fablo Iona
Source - style.com

Elodie Prieto
Calvin Klein - S/S 2014
Photographer - Fablo Iona
Source - style.com

Jasmine Tookes
Calvin Klein - S/S 2014
Photographer - Fablo Iona
Source - style.com

Cassi Van den Dungen
Calvin Klein - S/S 2014
Photographer - Fablo Iona
Source - style.com

Malaika Firth
Calvin Klein - S/S 2014
Photographer - Fablo Iona
Source - style.com

Ieva Laguna
Calvin Klein - S/S 2014
Photographer - Fablo Iona
Source - style.com

Kate Goodling
Calvin Klein - S/S 2014
Photographer - Fablo Iona
Source - style.com

Senait Gidey
Calvin Klein - S/S 2014
Photographer - Fablo Iona
Source - style.com

Ophélie Guillermand
Calvin Klein - S/S 2014
Photographer - Fablo Iona
Source - style.com

1 comment:

  1. Wow Cassi walked for Calvin? Hope that means she finally has herself together enough for a career. Always surprised when a Next Top Model girl does something. Will she ever be able to book work in France though? haha

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