"Working from Paris, Moroccan photographer Mehdi Sefrioui found fashion house Moncler’s black cast at the Gamme Rouge SS 2014 show; ‘great and visually rare.’ Inspired by that casting and, among other things, our Tumblr (!) the photographer spawned ‘Infro’, a series of photographs pointing to the pink elephant in the fashion room, which we debut here.
Under Sefrioui’s guidance an irenic squad of black male models converge on the outskirts of Paris. Registering somewhere on the spectrum between Ilan Godfrey’s situational ‘The Harvest’ and Richard Moss’ Aerochrome photography of eastern Congo, Sefrioui’s infrared treatment plays up the issue of runway diversity through rose colored glasses. Brooding eyes against pink woods a heady dream of black skin in fashion, of blacks on the runway. Which, along with his use of composition lure the observer into a longer gaze. A much needed poetic reprieve from the bitch that is reality.
Burdened by historical and detached forces, being black isn’t a fashion statement but a lived experience that, in 2014 can still lead to death by racism. Sigh… I wish we had a hundred more Naomi’s. A hundred more ways for people like Michael Dunn to put down the gun when hearing hip hop.
Fashion will truly break rules when the authority it wields over our definitions of beauty find expression in more elegant proportions of what it means to be black, alongside white [ness].”