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Carlos Campos Announces All-Black Lineup For Runway Show

Even though Diddy did it for his fall 2008 Sean John collection and Dsquared2 followed suit with a mostly non-white runway show, it still makes headlines when a designer chooses to go exclusively black.

Menswear designer Carlos Campos sent out a press release announcing he will be using an all-black cast of models for his first womenswear runway show at the Altman building on Monday during Fashion Week.

The release describes Campos’s collection as “jet set rockstar — think David Bowie and Iman on holiday in the South of France.” Iman is also credited as inspiring the all-black casting.

The New York Observer poses the obvious question “…should we interpret Mr. Campos’s show as having diversity for the sake of diversity, or just a publicity stunt?” And considering the recent succes of Italian Vogue‘s black issue, Blindie is wondering the same thing.

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