Christy Turlington kicks off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations

Christy Turlington has kicked off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations by sending her a sweet message on social media.The British supermodel reaches the milestone age on Friday, and to mark the occasion, her longtime friend and fellow ’90s star …

Christy Turlington has kicked off Naomi Campbell’s 50th birthday celebrations by sending her a sweet message on social media.

The British supermodel reaches the milestone age on Friday, and to mark the occasion, her longtime friend and fellow ’90s star Turlington has uploaded a vintage video of Campbell to her Instagram page.

“Happy 50th Birthday to my sister from another mister @naomi. I am so sad not to be with you today to celebrate with you. This clip is one of my favourites because it was from an Azzedine show and we loved him so much,” she wrote alongside an undated black-and-white video of Campbell backstage at an Azzedine Alaia presentation. “I also know you love your birthday and appreciate a party. You are a true Gemini and a force for truth and good in the world. I love you and every memory we share.”

In addition, Dior menswear designer Kim Jones posted a picture of himself with Naomi and Kate Moss at his final Louis Vuitton show in January 2018 along with a birthday greeting, while Claudia Schiffer uploaded a montage with the caption: “Happy Birthday to my wonderful, lifetime friend.”

Elsewhere, Adut Akech shared a long message on her Instagram page in which she thanked the brunette beauty for serving as a “role model and mentor” to her.

“Thank you for all that you are and as well all that you do. Thank you for being daily source of inspiration and motivation to me. Thank you for your continuous love and support you show me daily since the first time we met. My chosen family, my mama you are such a light and joy in my life. There is never a dull moment with you and I’m so grateful to have you in my life and by my side on this journey. Such a true beauty inside out,” the 20-year-old gushed. “I pray that your special day is filled with nothing but love, pure joy, laughter and positive energy.”

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Naomi Campbell took her own photo for new Essence magazine cover

Naomi Campbell took her own photo with an iPhone for the cover of Essence magazine’s 50th-anniversary issue.The British supermodel was due to take part in a traditional photoshoot as part of the celebrations for the publication’s special milestone, but…

Naomi Campbell took her own photo with an iPhone for the cover of Essence magazine’s 50th-anniversary issue.

The British supermodel was due to take part in a traditional photoshoot as part of the celebrations for the publication’s special milestone, but she was forced to become her own photographer when a lockdown was imposed in the U.S. to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Naomi did her own hair and make-up for the project, and also selected a range of designer pieces from her own wardrobe, including a crisp white Azzedine Alaia dress and a vintage Chloe by Karl Lagerfeld gown.

“It was a very special honour and unusual experience for me to be able to shoot and style my own cover for ESSENCE’s 50th-anniversary issue,” the 49-year-old said. “While it was a sad reminder for me of all the people in media and production who are not able to work due to the coronavirus, it also brought me hope and encouragement to know that our people and our infrastructures are resilient.”

The Essence cover photoshoot is the first in the publication’s history to be shot entirely on an iPhone. It also marks the first time that a cover star was her own photographer.

Chief content and creative officer MoAna Luu revealed that staging the unusual shoot required serious organisation, but she praised the fashion icon for her resilience and determination to get it right.

“We were on late-night calls trying to figure out how she was going to do the shoot with her phone in her hand. Then, we had to do a re-shoot because the photos didn’t come out how we imagined,” she explained. “Naomi did it all without asking any questions, she never quit. She’s been a pioneer in so many ways and now she’s a pioneer in Essence history because she’s completely and literally controlling her own narrative in this issue from the cover to the in-book story.”

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Footwear designer Sergio Rossi dies

Celebrated footwear designer Sergio Rossi has died, aged 84.The legendary craftsman passed away in Cesena, Italy this week after being admitted to hospital, according to the company’s chief executive officer, Riccardo Sciutto. “He was a master, it was …

Celebrated footwear designer Sergio Rossi has died, aged 84.

The legendary craftsman passed away in Cesena, Italy this week after being admitted to hospital, according to the company’s chief executive officer, Riccardo Sciutto.

“He was a master, it was a great pleasure to have met him,” Sciutto said in a statement to WWD. “He was our spiritual guide and he is today more than ever.”

In a statement, Rossi’s son Gianvito confirmed his father died on Thursday night after contracting Covid-19.

Born in the Romagna region of Italy, Sergio Rossi followed in his father’s footsteps and launched a factory in 1951. He soon built up a reputation for his Opanca sandal with a curved sole and later expanded his collection to include a wider range of footwear.

Over the years, Rossi collaborated with designers at fashion houses including Versace, Azzedine Alaia, and Dolce & Gabbana, and also opened up boutiques in major cities around the world.

Praising the artisan’s business sense, Sciutto added: “(He loved) women and was able to capture a woman’s femininity in a unique way. He was never over-the-top, always in good taste. The shoes were always wearable and he was never satisfied until they were perfect. They were not accessories for him. He told me once that he wanted to create the perfect extension of a woman’s leg.”

The Sergio Rossi brand was purchased by PPR Luxury Division, now known as Kering, in 1999. The company was then acquired by private equity firm Investindustrial in 2015, with Scuitto joining the following year.

Gianvito Rossi unveiled his own footwear label in 2007.

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Naomi Campbell serves as ‘surrogate mother’ to Adut Akech

Naomi Campbell is happy to act as “surrogate mother” for young models such as Adut Akech.The British supermodel has been in the fashion industry for more than three decades and serves as a mentor to young women who have just begun their careers. And i…

Naomi Campbell is happy to act as “surrogate mother” for young models such as Adut Akech.

The British supermodel has been in the fashion industry for more than three decades and serves as a mentor to young women who have just begun their careers.

And in a new interview for i-D magazine, Campbell tenderly revealed that she looks after the new generation of stars, specifically South Sudan-born Akech, whose family now resides in Australia.

“Well, Adut Akech calls me mama. I’m very happy to be her surrogate mother – I know she has a beautiful mother of her own,” she told the publication. “I’m a mama to all the girls that need me. I always want to be approachable. I feel like I have to speak up for them because sometimes they’re nervous to speak up for themselves.”

In addition, the fashion icon ensures that her slender model “daughters” are taking care of themselves.

“Our business is fast. When they come over to my house, I make sure they’re eating dinner. I want to make sure they’re eating and that they’re not too tired. I care,” the 49-year-old shared.

Campbell was taken under the wing of designers including Azzedine Alaia when she first started out, and still calls model and activist Bethann Hardison her “ma”.

“I was very blessed. It was a different time. It was more intimate then. There was no one between us,” she explained.

Elsewhere in the interview, Campbell confessed that the fashion industry is now much more brutal then it was in her heyday.

“It’s more of a business now, but I guess everything has to evolve – I always say that. I’ve managed to keep my fashion family and I love them dearly, more than anything. They’ve been there for me and it’s been very special,” she added.

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Naomi Campbell thankful to top designers for ‘protecting’ her from abuse

Naomi Campbell is certain she was “protected” from sexual abuse during the early days of her modelling career by designers such as Azzedine Alaia, Gianni Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent.The British star started working in the industry when she was just…

Naomi Campbell is certain she was “protected” from sexual abuse during the early days of her modelling career by designers such as Azzedine Alaia, Gianni Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent.

The British star started working in the industry when she was just 15, and has gone on to become one of the most iconic supermodels of all time, fronting campaigns for the likes of Burberry, Prada, Versace, and Balmain, and walking the catwalk for Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, and Valentino.

Recalling how she shot to fame in her teenage years in an interview with The Guardian’s Weekend magazine, Naomi described how she is adamant she escaped becoming a victim of the rife sexual abuse from predatory men in the business by her close friends Versace, Saint Laurent and Alaia, who she affectionately called her “papa”.

“Of course, I have empathy and concern for those it did happen to and I feel for their trauma, psychologically how it affects them,” Campbell said. “But it never happened to me.

“I didn’t see any of that s**t, because thank God for my armour, my being called a bad b**ch – I was lucky it never happened to me. I was protected by my angels Azzedine, Gianni and Yves Saint Laurent.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Campbell confessed she was looking forward to turning 50 next year and has already planned a huge bash to celebrate the milestone.

“I’m not afraid of being 50. I’m looking forward to a good old dance, too. I want to make sure I dance the night away, surrounded by people I love and who have been with me through thick and thin,” the model explained.

While she didn’t reveal the guest list, one person who will be invited is her mysterious new boyfriend.

“And it’s actually not someone that you know, but my heart… my heart is happy,” Campbell shared. “And the other thing that’s taken me a while to understand in my growing up is that you have to accept and love yourself first, and not be validated by someone else.”

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Naomi Campbell claims she was blocked from French hotel over her skin colour

Naomi Campbell has claimed she was refused entry to a French hotel because she is black.The British supermodel was first scouted at the age of 15 and has since gone on to establish herself as one of the most sought-after names in the fashion world, hav…

Naomi Campbell has claimed she was refused entry to a French hotel because she is black.

The British supermodel was first scouted at the age of 15 and has since gone on to establish herself as one of the most sought-after names in the fashion world, having most recently walked the runway for the likes of Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and H&M x Moschino.

Yet, in spite of her global fame, Naomi has now insisted she is still subjected to racism and was turned away from a hotel in the south of France when the Cannes Film Festival was taking place in May this year.

“I was recently in a town in the south of France while the Cannes Film Festival was going on, where I was invited to take part in an event in a hotel that will remain nameless,” she recalled in an interview with Paris Match. “They did not want to let us come in, my friend and me, because of the colour of my skin. This guy at the door made out that the place was full. But he was letting other people in.”

Naomi went on to describe the incident as “revolting”. However, she emphasised that encountering racist behaviour simply inspires her to continue expressing herself and to find new ways to “make myself heard”.

Elsewhere in the chat, Naomi reflected on her career and some of her biggest champions, including late designers Azzedine Alaia, Gianni Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent, while she cited African-America model Bethann Hardison, who rose to fame in the early ’70s, as a “pioneer” for the promotion of diversity in the fashion industry.

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Anna Wintour advises interviewees not to fret over wardrobe choices

Anna Wintour has shared her thoughts on the best outfit for people to wear to job interviews.The fashion journalist, who has acted as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.While Anna is instantly…

Anna Wintour has shared her thoughts on the best outfit for people to wear to job interviews.

The fashion journalist, who has acted as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry.

While Anna is instantly recognisable for her trademark bob haircut and dark sunglasses, during an interview for Vogue’s Go Ask Anna video series, she advised interviewees to choose clothes that reflect their personalities.

“It’s so interesting to me how people dress when they come in for interviews. Sometimes you feel they’re wearing clothes that they just bought that morning, or maybe the night before, and not something that in any way suits their personality and who they are,” she said. “I think what everybody should remember, whether they’re interviewing at Vogue or indeed anywhere, (is) that we’re not hiring your wardrobe; your wardrobe is not going to be doing the job for you. It’s who you are.”

Anna, who was sporting a printed blue dress, jewel necklaces, and black sunglasses, went on to recall a time when she interviewed a young man for a role at the publication and he showed up wearing a dress and carrying a handbag.

“I gave him the job on the spot,” the 69-year-old insisted. “You have to dress for yourself. It’s the same for any job you might be going for, I think it doesn’t do yourself a service to fake it.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Anna was asked about a range of topics, including the Kardashian-Jenner family, gender fluid clothing, how to make it as a photographer, and her thoughts on leggings.

“Well, this is not the first time in fashion we have celebrated leggings. We saw them happen first in the ’80s courtesy, I believe, of Azzedine Alaia, and also the explosion in fitness and everybody starting to work out in a frantic way that they possibly hadn’t done before. I tend to think they look best in black, but I’m sure they’ll be back in another 20 years,” she reflected.

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Yasmin Le Bon has no fashion regrets

Yasmin Le Bon is happy with all the fashion choices she’s made in her life.The English star was one of the highest earning models during the 1980s working with brands including Chanel, Versace and Calvin Klein, and even spawned a supermodel daughter in…

Yasmin Le Bon is happy with all the fashion choices she’s made in her life.

The English star was one of the highest earning models during the 1980s working with brands including Chanel, Versace and Calvin Klein, and even spawned a supermodel daughter in 28-year-old Amber Le Bon.

Having built relationships with some of the world’s most acclaimed designers, Yasmin has had the opportunity to wear some seriously stylish outfits over the years. Reflecting on her enviable wardrobe, the 53-year-old says she’s fully content with her style choices.

“I don’t think I have any regrets, I loved everything I wore at that moment and I was happy!” she beamed to Nine.com.au. “People talk about the ‘80s and a lot of people have a lot of regrets about the things they wore, but I really don’t feel that way! I was only wearing (Comme des Garcons), Levi jeans and Azzedine Alaia and I felt really really good!”

The fashion icon, who is also mother to daughter Saffron, 26, and Talullah, 23, with husband Simon Le Bon, says her style has “always been a little bit rock and roll” and tries her best to ensure she never looks “too done”.

Yasmin has also given fashion fans the opportunity to get their hands on some of her favourite garments by releasing the Archive Series Yasmin le Bon through online retailer Vestiaire Collective. The collection consists of the most iconic pieces from the supermodel’s fashion career, which includes a Rolex watch, sequinned Chanel camisole and a denim Yves Saint Laurent jumpsuit.

“I honestly couldn’t pick a favourite, it would be like choosing between my children!” she laughed. “They are all my favourite at different times, depending on my mood!”

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