We aren’t going to hold our breathe but… according to top casting director Daniel Peddle, who is currently casting New York Fashion Week (in a frenzy we’re sure…), runways might look a little different this year. Instead of a slew of blonde, porcelain models, you might not be able to pin down the race of the model you’re ogling. Not exactly racial diversity, but closer than we’ve ever been perhaps. Peddle’s favorites? Magdalena Frackowiak and Arlenis Sosa, who definitely have an air of ambiguity.
Peddle elaborated with these comments. We like his description of modern ambiguity and his commitment to push his aesthetic, despite uncooperative designers:
"We really like the tomboy look — not necessarily masculine in their
face but they have sort of hardness to them while maintaining their
elegance. Another thing this season is trying to discern from all the girls
out there the ones that are ethnically ambiguous. Girls and boys that
have faces that you can’t just put in a certain place or race or
geography. I think it’s very helpful to see those types of faces in our
conflicted world because you can see that we’re still evolving as
humans and they are the results of people willing to go beyond the
socially constructed notions around race … With the Internet and the
way that everyone is so connected now it’s not something you can
overlook anymore. I don’t think it’s possible to do a modern show and
have it be all blondes. I understand that sometimes a designer has an
aesthetic that dictates something like that and of course we’re going
to work with them to achieve their goals but personally I don’t find
that to be a very modern statement."
Whew, a long quote but worth reading for a preview of what we’ll see in NYC!
Source: The Cut