Style Scoop: Carlos Campos Spring '09 Show to Feature Black Models Only

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Designer Carlos Campos is set to debut his first-ever women's collection during Fashion Week (his forte up until now has been exquisitely tailored men's suits), so his show was already on our must-see list. But now it's creeped up a few more notches, because the hondureño just announced that he'll use an all-black cast of models for the show. Campos tells the New York Observer that supermodel Iman was the inspiration for this move, as well as his entire collection, which he describes as "Jet set rockstar--think David Bowie and Iman on holiday in the South of France." We'll find out how that glam-trotting image translates to the runway on Sept. 7 and report back...

Francisco Costa is the meat in an Eva Mendes-Calvin Klein sandwich. That is, he not only loves dressing his favorite Cuban actress, but he also hearts the designer in whose footsteps he's so successfuly followed. Costa, who recently won the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year Award for a second straight year as the Women's Creative Director for Calvin Klein Collection, is still paying homage to CK, telling Women's Wear Daily that the iconic designer is "very much in-tune, focused and intuitive." All eyes are on Calvin Klein this week as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary, but Costa is still keeping any details about the Spring '09 collection to a bare minimum--"the collection has a beautiful, sharp feel." Interpret that as you wish...

There's a different kind of fashion show taking place at the Museum of Natural History on Septeber 4--the Be EcoChic campaign, which features all environmentally-sensitive, sustainable, low-impact or recycled fabrics (yes, there are actually subtle distinctions between those terms). Among the top designers creating the looks are Carmen Marc Valvo and Donna Karan, while Ugly Betty's Mark Indelicato and TV personality Susie Castillo will be modeling the clothes with other notable names. Give it up for green fashion!

--Monica Herrera

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