Naomi Campbell: ‘We knew how to dress up in the ’90s!’

Naomi Campbell has reflected on the enjoyment she had dressing up in the 1990s.The British supermodel launched her career in the late ’80s, and by the next decade, was one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry. Recalling some of her to…

Naomi Campbell has reflected on the enjoyment she had dressing up in the 1990s.

The British supermodel launched her career in the late ’80s, and by the next decade, was one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry.

Recalling some of her top Met Gala moments in a new video for Vogue.com, Naomi pinpointed her debut alongside Gianni Versace in 1990 as a highlight and noted that she had such a fun time in the colourful Versace minidress she wore for the night.

“I was in such awe to first be invited by Gianni Versace through my roommate Christy Turlington,” she shared. “The ’90s, you wore everything. You dressed up in the ’90s! It didn’t matter if you were just going to dinner. We would all go for dinner outside of work, Christy, Linda (Evangelista), and I, and we would dress up. Enjoy your clothes, enjoy your accessories, enjoy your hair!”

Naomi went on to speak about some of her other Met Gala ensembles, including the “fairy tale” Versace gown she sported to the 1995 event, as well as pieces from Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo and her “papa”, late couturier Azzedine Alaia.

But one of her all-time favourites has to be the mint green Alexander McQueen dress that brand founder Lee McQueen custom-made for her to wear to the ball back in 2006.

“As a Brit, I wanted to wear a Brit. I thought it would be a great idea if I wore Alexander McQueen. This was to be his last season at Givenchy. Anna (Wintour) actually chose the colour of my pale green dress and then Lee did his magic with the Givenchy staff. And one of the things I remember so much from the fitting is how much Lee loved his staff and how he treated them. It just one of my fittings that I’ll never forget,” the 49-year-old smiled.

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Donatella Versace shares sweet throwback photo featuring brother Gianni Versace

Donatella Versace has reminisced about her late brother Gianni Versace in a sweet social media post.The chief creative officer of Versace has been posting memories from her lengthy career while holed up at her home in Milan, Italy during the country’s …

Donatella Versace has reminisced about her late brother Gianni Versace in a sweet social media post.

The chief creative officer of Versace has been posting memories from her lengthy career while holed up at her home in Milan, Italy during the country’s lockdown to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

And on Wednesday, she shared a touching snapshot of her and her sibling at the prestigious Met Gala in New York City almost 27 years ago.

“Here I am with my brother Gianni in New York, attending the #MetGala, it was May 1993,” Donatella wrote alongside the photo, which shows the then 37-year-old wearing a racy dress from her brother’s infamous bondage-themed Versace show back in 1992.

“Gianni that night was my stylist. I couldn’t give my opinion on one thing. He chose my clothes, my hair, my make-up and my jewellery. I didn’t have a say in ANYTHING!” she joked. “The bondage top, the leather skirt and tall black boots with gold chains were all from our fall ’92 collection, entitled Miss S&M!”

The 64-year-old reimagined the iconic minidress for Kim Kardashian in 2018, with the reality star spotted leaving her New York City hotel after the Met Gala in a bondage-inspired outfit.

The reality star’s look was inspired by an ensemble once modelled by Helena Christensen, with Donatella recreating the entire leather bustier including multiple straps and buckles.

Gianni was tragically shot and killed outside of his Miami Beach home at the age of 50 in 1997.

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Donatella Versace shares star-studded throwback photo

Donatella Versace has spread some much-needed joy by sharing a star-studded throwback photo on social media.Earlier this week, the chief creative officer of Versace posted a black-and-white snap of herself sat alongside music icons Mariah Carey and Bey…

Donatella Versace has spread some much-needed joy by sharing a star-studded throwback photo on social media.

Earlier this week, the chief creative officer of Versace posted a black-and-white snap of herself sat alongside music icons Mariah Carey and Beyonce at a party 16 years ago.

“October 4th 2003: I wanted to share this photo with you all next because I see it reposted over and over again on Instagram. Also because I remember having so much fun,” the 64-year-old captioned the picture. “So, this was in Milan and it was the party after my fashion show. We are in the apartment that was my brother Gianni’s and I’m sat with these two amazing Divas. Mariah Carey on one side and Beyonce on the other – Can you imagine?”

In the picture, Mariah is wearing an embellished low-cut dress with her curly hair draped around her shoulders, while Beyonce can be seen wearing a white gown and looking at her Blackberry phone on a table filled with wine glasses and orchids.

Donatella revealed that after the photo was taken, the trio partied all night, and also joked that the Blackberry phone gives away just how old the image is.

“We basically gossiped and laughed for hours and hours and then we danced all night. I remember this like it was yesterday… but looking at my phone, I realise it’s not… @mariahcarey @beyonce,” the designer quipped.

Donatella is currently in self-isolation at her home in Milan, Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the nation.

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Donatella Versace warns of ‘question mark’ over future of fashion after pandemic

Donatella Versace believes there will be a “huge question mark” over the future of fashion after the coronavirus pandemic is over.The chief creative officer of Versace shared details about self-isolating at her luxury home in Milan, Italy in an intervi…

Donatella Versace believes there will be a “huge question mark” over the future of fashion after the coronavirus pandemic is over.

The chief creative officer of Versace shared details about self-isolating at her luxury home in Milan, Italy in an interview with Vogue Australia and revealed she’s thinking about the lasting effect the Covid-19 virus is going to have on the industry.

“I have often said that fashion is the mirror of the society that creates it. If this is true, the future for us is a huge question mark because we have no idea how society will be after this pandemic,” the 64-year-old icon explained, adding that she believed the change will be “deep”.

“This experience has touched the core of all of us, even if in different ways. Therefore, when I go out there and continue the conversation with my team on what to do next, we will have to look at people in a way that we have never done before.”

She noted that she’s already contemplating a collection that will be “clear, precise, strong and disruptive” in order to encourage people back to fashion.

“No one knows now if they are right or wrong, but we need to keep our minds open,” she shared. “We need to be able to adapt to changes faster and to do that, we need to have an arsenal of ideas ready to be used and implemented.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Donatella also touchingly revealed she has been looking at old pictures of her late brother, Gianni, while at home during the nationwide lockdown in her native Italy.

“I found myself wanting to look at old family photos and photos of Versace when Gianni was still with us,” she said. “It might sound silly, and it is not nostalgia, but the fact that maybe it is true that in uncertain times, you go back to those things that makes you feel more secure.”

The 50-year-old designer was tragically shot and killed outside his Miami Beach mansion in July 1997.

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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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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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