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FASHION WEEK: Sophie Theallet Goes All Black For Runway

Brooklyn-based Parisian designer Sophie Theallet debuted her line in New York yesterday with a cast of black models ranging in skin tones.

The Azzedine Alaïa disciple insists she was not trying to make a political statement.”I was thinking about colors, and they look amazing on dark skin, so it came naturally,” Theallet says.

Considering she didn’t send out a press release announcing the all-black lineup like Carlos Campos, we believe she was going for the aesthetics rather than the novelty.

Her summery colllection of flowy fabrics, colorful satins and tropical appliqué flowers did indeed looked amazing on the models.

PHOTO: Marcio Madeira/Style.com

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Fashion Models Race Matters

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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