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Clarke was one of six new girls who scored New York Fashion Week exclusives with Calvin Klein this season, alongside Daphne Groeneveld (who opened), Chavelli Inghels, Hanna Samokhina, Iris Egbers and Theres Alexandersson.
No Australians, not even Abbey Lee Kershaw, who is in the Fall ck Calvin Klein campaign.
And no sign of any mature age models either, with current Calvin Klein advertising face, 26 year-old Lara Stone, apparently the oldest model in the show.
This is a far cry from the brand’s Fall/Winter 2010/2011 show in February, which included several 30+ and 40+ models, including grey-haired Kristen McMenamy.
At the time, Calvin Klein Collection womenswear creative director Francisco Costa (below, flanked by his Spring 2011 models) was widely quoted talking up the need for a greater age diversity in runway casting. In March, Costa told Australian tv current affairs show Today Tonight that while 16 year-olds are "new and fresh", older women “represent some kind of truth”.
Just not this season apparently.
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all backstage shots: supplied exclusively to frockwriter by sonny vandevelde
all runway images: supplied to frockwriter by calvin klein