Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Gloves Come Off - Calvin Klein S/S 2015

The lack of diversity on fashion's runways was driven home on the final day of New York Fashion Week with the unveiling of Calvin Klein's Spring/Summer 2015 show line-up. Casting duo Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes sent a uniformly caucasian cast of models down the runway with the token exception of Korean newcomer Sora Choi and Jamaican Tami Williams. The twenty-four strong cast included established models Julia Nobis, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Ondria Hardin, and Lexi Boling, as well as models of the moment Vanessa Moody, Maartje Verhoef, Julia Bergshoeff, Waleska Gorczevski, and Harleth Kuusik. An exclusive appearance in the Calvin Klein show has the capacity to propel an unknown face into the fashion spotlight ensuring her face time with the most influential casting directors and designers in the three remaining fashion capitals. With this in mind, casting duo Maida + Rami selected eight models to appear exclusively in Calvin Klein's Spring/Summer 2015 show with Germans Elena Peter and Sina K, Dutchies Jo Molenaar, Sabine Cozjinsen and Julie Hoomans, Frenchie Louise LeFebure, Bratislava's Niki Trefilova, and American Tiana Perry making the cut. A year ago at the Spring/Summer 2014 collections, the inclusion of five black models on Calvin Klein's normally white-washed runways signalled a shift towards a more inclusive standard of beauty however by the Fall/Winter 2014 season numbers had dropped to two with Kai Newman and Janica Compte securing spots. The most perplexing aspect of Calvin Klein's casting conundrum is the show stopping turns on the runway with Tami Williams and Sora Choi standing out in the best possible way amongst the sea of homogenous blonde blue-eyed beauties.

Tami Williams
Calvin Klein - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Elena Peter
Calvin Klein - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Jo Molenaar
Calvin Klein - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Morta Kontrimaite
Calvin Klein - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Sabine Cozjinsen
Calvin Klein - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Sabina Lobava
Calvin Klein - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Julie Hoomans
Calvin Klein - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Maartje Verhoef
Calvin Klein - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Julia Bergshoeff
Calvin Klein - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

Sora Choi
Calvin Klein - S/S 2015
Photographer - Kim Weston Arnold
Source - style.com

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