Naomi Campbell thrilled to bring Fashion for Relief back to London

Naomi Campbell is “so happy” to be bringing her Fashion for Relief charity gala back home to London.The British supermodel, 49, first debuted the charity gala 14 years ago, and the organisation has raised millions for disaster relief and humanitarian c…

Naomi Campbell is “so happy” to be bringing her Fashion for Relief charity gala back home to London.

The British supermodel, 49, first debuted the charity gala 14 years ago, and the organisation has raised millions for disaster relief and humanitarian crises around the world.

Fashion For Relief has since been staged in places such as Moscow and Mumbai and this year, Naomi is bringing it back to her home city on Saturday.

“I’m so happy to bring it back home to where I was born,” she told British Vogue. “There is nothing better. I’m so thrilled to have the support of the British Fashion Council, British Vogue, Edward (Enninful)… and everyone who has given their time.

“Without everyone’s collaboration it just wouldn’t happen, it happens because we all come together. That’s what I love about it, we (the fashion industry) are always getting slammed – but we know how to show up when we need to. My gratitude is just beyond words.”

The star-studded dinner will be followed by an auction, which includes an exclusive Marina Abramovic sketch and a signed Ellen Von Unwerth portrait shot of the supermodel from 1990.

When asked if she thought the Fashion For Relief gala would be a success when she founded the charitable organisation back in 2005, Naomi confessed she was taken aback by its progress.

“I never put expectations on anything,” she explained. “I didn’t even think I’d still be modelling now! You never know how something is going to work out.”

And the fashion icon is excited to see friendly faces at the event on Saturday, including Pose actor Billy Porter and Skyfall’s Naomie Harris.

“I’m just looking forward to coming home and being with everyone,” she shared. “What makes it so special is that everyone is there because they want to be, not because they have to be.”

This year, Fashion for Relief is joining forces with the Mayor’s Fund for London and UNICEF to raise funds for disadvantaged children in London and the U.K.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri awarded France’s prestigious Legion d’Honneur

Maria Grazia Chiuri became tearful as she received France’s most prestigious award, the Legion d’honneur, on Monday.The Italian designer, who is the first woman creative director at the house of Christian Dior, was given the highest civilian distinctio…

Maria Grazia Chiuri became tearful as she received France’s most prestigious award, the Legion d’honneur, on Monday.

The Italian designer, who is the first woman creative director at the house of Christian Dior, was given the highest civilian distinction by France’s gender equality minister Marlene Schiappa during a star-studded ceremony following Dior’s fall 2018 couture show in Paris.

“I can’t believe it!” the 55-year-old exclaimed, as she was swarmed by well-wishers – including her husband and two children, photographer Ellen Von Unwerth, former employer Valentino Garavani and Bianca Jagger – at the French fashion house’s Avenue Montaigne headquarters.

Also in attendance at the reception was author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who inspired Chiuri’s iconic “We Should All Be Feminists” slogan T-shirts.

During her speech, the visibly emotional designer urged young women to believe in themselves and follow their instincts.

“Even today I still feel like the curious girl who went to school in Rome to learn fashion design,” she said. “Receiving such an important honour in France, which represents fashion and culture, and from the hands of a woman like Marlene Schiappa, who expresses the most important values for me, is a new emotion.”

Crediting the Fendi sisters, Paola, Anna, Franca, Carla and Alda, for inspiring her to reach her goals and to support other women in fashion and business, she also thanked Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH – the luxury goods firm that owns Christian Dior – for allowing her free rein as creative director.

“Dior is a maison that represents femininity, and for this reason, I believe that my commitment is to make women aware of their potential, and I thank the maison that supports me to give a voice to women and their work. Their commitment can change the world,” Chiuri gushed.

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