Sure, Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham is all Balthus-esque in the August issue of Allure, but even more interesting is the "Art And Artifice" fashion shoot inside. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, the spread features "the best of the fall collections," which means lots of fur and boots and stars (gasp!) an Asian model. Did buzz around the recent Italian Vogue have an effect on the fellow Condé Nast mag? Or did the editors at Allure just realize they needed to branch out? (The November issue had no Asian models; December had zero Asian models and January featured absolutely no Asian models.) Is diversity finally returning to magazines? And can a mainstream American magazine shoot an Asian woman without resorting to any Asian stereotypes? A few images, after the jump.

One of the Asian woman image stereotypes is that of "China Doll." While this (gorgeous!) woman certainly has unreal skin, her "you may gaze upon me if you like but I'm busy doing other things at the moment" pose is not so passive as to be offensive. In my opinion. Am I wrong?

Fur, leather, luxe. Loving this despite myself.

Biba is back, sorta.

This feathery dress is organza and therefore mind-boggling, which means it must be super expensive.

So. Damn. Elegant.

Ding ding ding! We have a winner. If you shoot an Asian model, you have to have a kimono. Duh. Luckily they didn't opt for chopsticks in the hair. The model, Du Juan, is from Shanghai; kimonos are traditionally Japanese. But maybe since this one is by Donna Karan it's neither here nor there?


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