Fashion photography has come from commercial sources, like all arts. The first films were a sideshow where you could see trains arriving and people jumping and moving. Fashion photography showed models presenting clothes in a more or less stiff fashion.
Now that the age of advertising has ended and no one any longer accepts marketing messages, other ways of communication have to be found.
The philosopher in the image is of that kind. You can attract people with beauty or a thought, and then they are open to look at your designs because they are people and need clothing. They just want it pushed into their faces - which commercial photography basically is.
The Renaissance and later centuries have shown that art can create great connections and conversations and has long range effects. Which is why high end companies increasingly hire artists, not commercial photographers.
The beautiful and the thoughtful are the future - also in business and commerce.