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Damned if you do, damned if you don't.Perhaps aim for somewhere in between. Menswear designer Carlos Campos is showing his first women's collection at NY Fashion Week, announcing he's using all black models, inspired by supermodel Iman. Per the New York Observer via The Cut, this has raised a couple questions: first, the blog notes the irony that Iman "told us she had reservations about Italian Vogue's all-black issue because she didn't want it to reduce black models to a 'caricature'"; secondly, the Observer questions whether this is "diversity for the sake of diversity, or just a publicity stunt." The Cut thinks the fact that a press release was sent out from Campos' people signals publicity stunt, and suggests the innovative thing to do would be to cast a diverse group of models. [The Cut]