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As fashion week approaches, designers with local ties turn attention to model diversity

As fashion week approaches, designers with local ties turn attention to model diversity

When David Hart set out to cast his fall and winter menswear collection this month in New York, he knew black models would be key to the show.

Hart, a white fashion designer originally from Severna Park, showcased a collection inspired by 1960s jazz — the era of John Coltrane and Miles Davis — and cast exclusively black models for the presentation.

"We didn't feel that it [would] feel authentic if we didn't cast the show the way we did," he said."There is so much going on with the Oscars. We wanted to highlight the diversity in modeling. It was a proud moment for the guys participating in the show. We made a strong statement for the men's industry...