Philipp Plein has surprised with an all black cast at his Spring/Summer 2014 show. While the designer may be known for attention-seeking tactics (he has previously cast Lea-T, Terry Richardson and Lindsay Lohan in his past campaigns) this is one shock move that can only stir things up for the better, even if he is exploiting the issue of racism in the industry to gain some publicity in the process. The catwalk continues to embrace diversity but this bold move hits out at those who have yet to change their ways when it comes to casting shows with mostly white models.
With Liya Kebede, Alek Wek and more walking the show to the music of Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea, Philipp celebrated some of the top black models during the show. Opening up on his choice, he commented that he wanted to do something unexpected:
“My message is about breaking down barriers and breaking the rules, doing the unexpected and shaking people from their complacence, forcing people to face the future where old prejudices have no place. For example, the public expects to see pallid girls in high heels walking my show and I give them a fleet of black beauties in flats! Not to mention the opening act featuring one of the hottest rappers on the horizon, Iggy Azalea, who also happens to be white in a black dominated hip hop world.”