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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Jane Seymour: ‘Not every designer will dress someone my age’

Jane Seymour has claimed certain fashion designers are hesitant to dress older women.The actress rose to fame as Bond girl Solitaire in the 1973 flick Live and Let Die, and has become a red carpet staple, regularly stepping out in designer gowns from t…

Jane Seymour has claimed certain fashion designers are hesitant to dress older women.

The actress rose to fame as Bond girl Solitaire in the 1973 flick Live and Let Die, and has become a red carpet staple, regularly stepping out in designer gowns from the likes of Versace, Escada, and Nolan Miller.

However, Seymour recently told The Guardian that borrowing looks is becoming increasingly difficult as she gets older.

“I was never paid by a designer to wear anything, although nowadays not every designer will dress someone my age,” the 68-year-old said, before sharing her own thrifty tip. “I don’t care whether re-wearing clothes is acceptable or not – if I’m feeling the dress and the occasion, and if it fits, then I’ll wear it again.”

Despite the occasional rejection, Seymour doesn’t have to worry about where her next look will come from, as she became accustomed to designing her own garments early in her career.

“When I was younger I didn’t have any money so I’d buy good fabric from Liberty – the offcuts that nobody wanted – or I’d go to vintage stores, bring-and-buy sales or church sales, and turn them into outfits for myself,” she confessed.

But that DIY approach was short-lived, as the star soon became pals with late fashion designer Gianni Versace, who used to lend her clothes he made for his sister, Donatella – including the beaded catsuit she wore to the 1991 Emmys – as the two wore the same size.

“Looking back, I can’t believe I wore it,” the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman actress said of the daring ensemble.

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Donatella Versace: ‘Comparisons to Gianni nearly destroyed me’

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the …

Donatella Versace struggled with comparisons to her late brother Gianni Versace when she took over his fashion house.

The Italian designer was forced to succeed her sibling as chief creative director at the brand following Gianni’s tragic murder at the age of 50 in 1997.

Donatella staged her first haute couture show for Versace in Paris one year after Gianni’s death, and in a conversation with Anna Wintour as part of the 2019 Forces of Fashion conference, she recalled how difficult the time was for her.

“To be compared to Gianni was not only tough, it destroyed me,” she stated. “Because Gianni was the king, Gianni was Gianni. He’d create something incredible. If you go through his archive, you always learn. Everybody learns, not only me…. I thought I was going to fail. The whole world was (wondering), ‘Is she going to fail?’ But I don’t know how, this strength came to me… (I thought), ‘I need to keep going, even if I suffer.'”

Donatella has continued to oversee the company, and in September 2017, honoured her brother by having his favourite ’90s supermodels – Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Claudia Schiffer, and Carla Bruni – walk the runway.

As for the future of the brand, the fashion icon is hoping to continue mentoring rising talent and finding new ways to embrace sustainability.

“I mean I’ve embraced a lot of young designers, even for the Versus line, when we’re still doing Versus, but the world is now full of young talent,” the 64-year-old commented. “We are interested in sustainability, which is a big issue, and we all should look to make this world better and less dirty… We do little steps, little by little, but we’re going to get there.”

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Iman to receive Franca Sozzani Award

Iman will be honoured with the Franca Sozzani Award for her humanitarian work and efforts to make the fashion industry more diverse.The accolade was established by the family of the late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and recognises women …

Iman will be honoured with the Franca Sozzani Award for her humanitarian work and efforts to make the fashion industry more diverse.

The accolade was established by the family of the late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and recognises women for their careers in the arts and their dedication to charitable organisations.

The 64-year-old model will receive the award at an event at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice on 27 August. It will be hosted by Sozzani’s son, photographer and film director Francesco Carrozzini, who established the award with his wife Bee Shaffer, daughter of U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

“Iman’s work has disrupted the fashion industry in a way similar to Franca’s: bold, innovative and inclusive,” Carrozzini said in a statement. “Using her platform to the best of its potential, Iman’s work from lobbying the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) for an increase of diversity on the runway to impactful humanitarian work, displays her true passion and focus. We are truly honoured for her to accept the Franca Sozzani Award.”

Iman follows in the footsteps of Julianne Moore, who was the first-ever recipient of the award back in 2017, and Salma Hayek, who was feted last year.

The supermodel began her career in 1975 and was a muse of designers Gianni Versace, Halston, Calvin Klein, and Yves Saint Laurent. She went on to develop her make-up collection, IMAN Cosmetics, which caters specifically for women of colour.

Iman, who was married to music icon David Bowie from 1992 until his death in 2016, has also been involved in humanitarian work for the Children’s Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger, and the Raise Hope For Congo campaign.

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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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Donatella Versace: ‘Trust your instincts when embarking on a career in fashion’

Donatella Versace has warned emerging designers they will encounter both good and bad advisors when trying to make it in the industry.As part of an advice piece for hot new fashion talent, a long list of established names have shared their seasoned wis…

Donatella Versace has warned emerging designers they will encounter both good and bad advisors when trying to make it in the industry.

As part of an advice piece for hot new fashion talent, a long list of established names have shared their seasoned wisdom to help budding stars as they begin their journey.

For Versace head Donatella, who took over the label when her brother, brand founder Gianni Versace, was killed in 1997, she shared that you shouldn’t shut out people close to you who are not in fashion.

“People will talk, judge your ideas and your decisions,” she told i-D magazine. “You will have good and bad advisors. Trust in your instincts, listen to what the people you trust have to tell you and then make up your mind. Sometimes it is useful to share ideas and thoughts with people you trust who are not from the industry; it is incredible what fresh outlooks you can get from somebody that is not involved with the fashion business!”

As for English designer Paul Smith, he said knowing all aspects of the industry is a big bonus when it comes to longevity.

“Know your stuff!” he enthused. “Jobs in the fashion industry are many and varied so think carefully about which particular part of the industry you’re interested in and get completely immersed in it. Learn everything you can about the different opportunities available and get practical experience. Throughout my career I’ve done everything from shifts in the warehouse to working in the shops, all those experiences are so important.”

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Elizabeth Hurley can still fit into iconic Versace safety pin dress

Elizabeth Hurley can still fit into the Versace safety pin dress she first wore 25 years ago.The English model and actress made headlines around the world when she stepped out in the revealing black number, held together with oversized gold pins, when …

Elizabeth Hurley can still fit into the Versace safety pin dress she first wore 25 years ago.

The English model and actress made headlines around the world when she stepped out in the revealing black number, held together with oversized gold pins, when she accompanied then-boyfriend Hugh Grant to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994.

To mark the anniversary of the iconic garment, Versace creative director Donatella Versace has recreated the outfit. However, Elizabeth, 53, is adamant she can still slip into the original.

“I don’t exercise, but I am very active,” she said in an interview for U.S. Harper’s Bazaar magazine. “But just because it still fits doesn’t mean I would wear it today – it wouldn’t be appropriate!”

Elizabeth went on to describe how Donatella’s updated safety pin dress is much “more demure” than the one her late brother Gianni Versace dreamed up, with the new ensemble featuring draped fabric across the bodice and one long sleeve.

And even though the Versace dress launched the brunette beauty onto the global stage, leading to her scoring a gig as a brand ambassador for Estee Lauder, she insisted that she had no idea that the little black dress would have the power to change the course of her career.

“I was so unprepared for what happened that night… I urgently needed to find a dress to wear for Hugh’s premiere, and in those days I had no idea about fashion,” Elizabeth recalled, adding that she ended up collecting the dress from a PR executive’s office. “I remember going to an office where they literally fished a dress out of a white plastic bag… I took it home and did my own hair and make-up, fighting Hugh for the mirror, which wasn’t even full-length, in our tiny one-bedroom flat. It was all very unglamorous compared to how things get done these days.”

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Versace and 2 Chainz team for new shoe design and athleisure line

Versace has recruited 2 Chainz for a new sneaker design.The rapper and the Italian brand first teamed in 2018 on the label’s Chain Reaction line, and have once again joined forces on a new shoe, as well as an upcoming athleisure capsule collection Th…

Versace has recruited 2 Chainz for a new sneaker design.

The rapper and the Italian brand first teamed in 2018 on the label’s Chain Reaction line, and have once again joined forces on a new shoe, as well as an upcoming athleisure capsule collection

The We Own It rapper’s new sneaker features a chain-link sole, Versace’s Grecian frieze print, and braille lettering, reports WWD. The grey and white shoes also introduce an embossed croc Neoprene collar with dual zip closure, with the zippers connected by a nylon strap for ease and functionality.

Uploading a photo of the shoe on Instagram, held inside a gold photo frame, a brand representative wrote: “@2chainz joins the #VersaceChainReaction family pack launching February 1st! Stay tuned for more information. #2ChainReaction.”

The sneaker will debut during Super Bowl weekend in 2 Chainz’s native Atlanta, where this year’s sporting finale will be held, at a pop-up boutique in the Georgia city’s Wish Gallery. The shop will be open from 1 – 3 February (19).

Later that week they’ll be stocked at Versace’s Phipps Plaza boutique in Atlanta, but for fans not based in the area, they can also buy a pair on versace.com.

2 Chainz, real name Tauheed Epps, has long been a fan of the brand, and even married longtime love Kesha Ward at late designer Gianni Versace’s Miami mansion in August, cheered on by celeb pals Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Gucci Mane and Pusha T.

The nuptials came after the 41-year-old proposed at the Met Gala three months earlier after being invited by Donatella Versace.

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Donatella Versace: ‘I’m very, very proud of my brother’

Donatella Versace credits her brother Gianni Versace for being “the first” to be completely comfortable with his sexuality.The 63-year-old took over all aspects of the Italian label following Gianni’s murder in 1997, and has worked hard to maintain the…

Donatella Versace credits her brother Gianni Versace for being “the first” to be completely comfortable with his sexuality.

The 63-year-old took over all aspects of the Italian label following Gianni’s murder in 1997, and has worked hard to maintain the fun and flamboyant legacy he created, displayed most recently in Versace’s pre-fall 2019 collection which was debuted in New York on Sunday (02Dec18).

Reflecting on her brother’s life for a cover interview with Attitude magazine, Donatella shared that she is as proud of her brother’s courage as she is of his design flair.

“I’m very, very proud of my brother because when he came out we were in Miami and nobody was coming out,” she recalled. “He was the first of the first to be completely comfortable with his sexuality. I remember being 11 years old in Italy and he said, ‘You know what? I’m gay’, and I thought, ‘Ah, now I understand!'”

The fashion mogul has always spoken openly about the close relationship she and Gianni shared, with the Versace founder treating Donatella as his muse and even gifting her with her own label, Versus.

Gianni also launched a perfume dedicated to his younger sister titled Blonde, which was particularly fitting given that he was responsible for Donatella’s now-famous platinum hairstyle.

“Two hours later (after he came out), his friend, a hairdresser, came over and started bleaching my hair blonde. We went little by little in a week,” she explained. “I first had highlighter, then went blonder, then it was totally platinum — and my mother wanted to kill him! ‘Leave her alone!’ Gianni was, ‘Blonder, blonder, blonder!'”

In addition to running the fashion business, Donatella is also keen to contribute to the work her brother did for the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, and regularly helps Elton John – a close friend of Gianni’s – with his AIDS Foundation.

“He calls me and I go — I help whenever I can,” she smiled.

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Iman refuses to let her daughter enter modelling business

Iman won’t allow her 18-year-old daughter to enter the modelling industry.The Somali-American supermodel first appeared in U.S. Vogue in 1976 and soon became a muse for many designers, including Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan. While Im…

Iman won’t allow her 18-year-old daughter to enter the modelling industry.

The Somali-American supermodel first appeared in U.S. Vogue in 1976 and soon became a muse for many designers, including Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan.

While Iman has enjoyed a long career in the fashion world, she has now confessed that she doesn’t want Alexandria ‘Lexi’ Jones, her daughter with her late husband David Bowie, to follow in her footsteps.

“Every agency, every designer, called me to say: ‘If she wants to, we’d love for her to model for us,'” she recalled to Porter magazine of the time she uploaded photos of Lexi to her Instagram page to mark her birthday in August (18). “I said: ‘No, she doesn’t.’ I know why they wanted to her to model – it’s because she is David Bowie’s daughter.”

Iman went on to share that Lexi is currently taking a gap year. She also admitted that her daughter thinks she is “overprotective” when it comes to keeping their lives out of the spotlight.

“She says I am overprotective,” the 63-year-old sighed. “But I told her, this can all wait, it isn’t going anywhere. Have a life that is private while you can, because one day soon it is going to be public, so enjoy this.”

During the chat, Iman spoke about her successful Iman Cosmetics company too. She launched the brand in 1994 after years of struggling to find the right foundation shades for her skin tone, with her trailblazing products leading the way for other cosmetics giants, like M.A.C and Fenty Beauty.

“Now, every brand has 40 shades of foundation, but Iman Cosmetics was one of the first that changed the way we think about make-up,” she smiled. “That will be my legacy, and I am very happy to be remembered that way.”

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