NYFW: Donna Karan Blurs Gender Lines with LGBT Models at DKNY
By Julien Sauvalle
Pictured, from left: Angel Haze, Andrej Pejic, Juliana Huxtable (Neilson Barnard/Getty)
In an industry where minorites still struggle to find adequate levels of representation, Donna Karan took a big stand for diversity at her latest runway show for DKNY last Sunday.
Instead of the usual whitewashed line-up of models, which has become some kind of a norm at Fashion Week, the designer mixed professional models and "real" New Yorkers from various ethnic backgrounds to showcase her men's and women's designs for Fall/Winter 2014-15.
But the real highlight of the show was the abundance of LGBT notables on the runway, which took androgyny to a new fashion level: Rapper Angel Haze (who opens up about her sexuality in the latest issue of Out) took the runway by storm, appearing in the first moments of the presentation.
She was followed shortly after by veteran model Andrej Pejic, whose genderbending looks have made him an industry darling, and transgender performer/DJ Juliana Huxtable, of the art collective House of Ladosha, who looked stunning in a white fringed sweater and a leather kilt.
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