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Why Were So Many Familiar Models Walking the Milan Runways?

MILAN — On some runways in Milan, it almost felt like a high school reunion of sorts. But the sight of familiar and more inclusive models was actually just a sign of the times as a wave of diversity swept over the city during Fashion Week.
Case in point, Shalom Harlow and Stephanie Seymour bookended the Versace fall 2019 show, attended also by Amber Valletta, sitting front row. Donatella Versace said that, working on the fall collection, she wanted to “create something innovative and relevant to the cultural conversation of today.” At the same time, it needed to be “instantly recognizable” as Versace. Asking Seymour to close the show was an immediate decision for the designer. “An icon in the true sense of the word, but at the same time the emblem of my woman. Confident, daring, strong, smart,” said Versace of the model, who rose to supermodel-dom also thanks to the the Italian fashion house in the Eighties and Nineties.
Etro staged its fall 2019 show at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Italy’s largest music academy, and models including Edie Campbell, Alek Wek, Farida Khelfa, Jacquetta Wheeler, Liisa Winkler, Tasha Tilberg, Tatjana Patitz, Violetta Sanchez, Guinevere Van Seenus, Delfine Bafort, Adut Akech Bior,

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