It is my opinion that fashion design is unique aomng the design professions, because it is affected by so many subjective influences it falls in a gray space between Art and Design.
Beyond my personal opinions, each year the compliants about NYC Fashion Week seem to repeat themselves and don't move far from past traditions.
But this year Sean John (aka: Puffy) is planning a show that will only feature models of color. This is in contrast to the runway shows of most every other designer showing in NYC, Paris and Italy. The complaint has been voiced for decades that models of color are rarely used during these fashion events. And so, it is a hiphop mogul who is hightlighting the narrowness of the conventional wisdom that shapes so many shows and how it doesn't reflect the potential of the marketplace.
Sean John (Combs) Profile
Article: Backstage with Sean Combs
Article: The Independent
Vogue Italia - Black Spring