Casting is an integral part of the show process because it doesn’t matter how major the clothes are if the models wearing them are weak. Casting is very subjective, so what is a good casting for one show isn’t always good for another. It’s really important for a stylist and designer to know what kind of character they are after before they start the casting process. If they don’t know, the casting ends up diluted and all over the place. Casting your “cabine” of models is like choosing your ultimate clients. The models should reflect (at least in looks) the kind of person a designer actually wants to wear the clothes. A model can “turn” an outfit more preppy, or more sexy or more edgy. So being aware of how the model will change the looks is crucial. For Antonio’s show, we always go for an artistic aristocrat kind of look: the guy who loves art and went to boarding school but isn’t scared to go see a band play in a dirty Lower East Side club. I like to create a story like that about the character because it makes it easier for me to figure out which models fit. That being said, sometimes we meet a model we are super inspired by, and will change the whole casting to be based on the model’s own character and personality.