Naomi Campbell bares all in unpublished Valentino pics

Naomi Campbell rode the New York subway completely naked – all in the name of fashion.The legendary supermodel proved once again she’s still got what it takes by releasing unpublished shots from her Valentino pre-fall 2019 accessories campaign.In t…

Naomi Campbell rode the New York subway completely naked – all in the name of fashion.

The legendary supermodel proved once again she’s still got what it takes by releasing unpublished shots from her Valentino pre-fall 2019 accessories campaign.

In the advert imagery, 50-year-old Naomi posed semi-nude with a green sequin cape covering her modesty.

However, Naomi has now shared snaps where the cape came off. In the three photos uploaded to her Instagram, the statuesque star sits on a bank of plastic chairs, stands on the platform as a train approaches and finally sits in an empty carriage, with nothing more than a Valentino bag to cover her body.

“Unpublished pictures @maisonvalentino (two hearts),” she captioned the stunning photos, tagging the high-end label, designer Pierpaolo Piccioli and photography duo Inez and Vinoodh.

Pierpaolo left a simple love heart underneath the post, while Inez and Vinoodh replied with five lip emojis, and later a string of hearts.

Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, also showed his appreciation, writing, “I love these photos so much (heart),” and celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch commented: “All a girl needs is a big good bag of tricks.”

Valentino head Pierpaolo actually pipped Naomi to the post by sharing the shots on his own Instagram in May to celebrate the model’s big birthday.

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Kanye West’s Yeezy brand received $5 million Covid-19 bailout

Kanye West’s Yeezy brand received $5 million in Covid-19 aid from the U.S. government, despite the rapper’s personal wealth.Hundreds of thousands of businesses across the country accepted help from a federal fund that was launched by President Donald T…

Kanye West’s Yeezy brand received $5 million in Covid-19 aid from the U.S. government, despite the rapper’s personal wealth.

Hundreds of thousands of businesses across the country accepted help from a federal fund that was launched by President Donald Trump in an effort to help firms during the coronavirus pandemic.

The $2 trillion (£1.6 trillion) stimulus plan was aimed at helping cash-strapped businesses keep afloat, particularly as lockdown restrictions hampered trading and supply chains, with the loans capped at $10 million (£8 million).

After pressure to disclose the recipients of the funds, the U.S. Treasury’s Small Business Administration released public records documenting every business who received a loan.

Among the big name recipients included Yeezy LLC, whose owner Kanye was declared a billionaire in April, Valentino USA Inc., Oscar de la Renta LLC and Vera Wang Group LLC. Good American, the clothing label co-founded by Khloe Kardashian, was also listed.

The documents state that the $2 to $5 million (£1.6 to £4 million) loan to Kanye’s footwear and clothing firm also led to 106 jobs being saved, while the financial boost helped Valentino salvage 281 jobs, Oscar de la Renta saved 42, and Vera Wang preserved 197 roles.

Khloe’s Good American brand, which she co-founded with Emma Grede, received $1.2 million (£960,000), according to People magazine, with 57 jobs subsequently saved by the bailout.

“We have a large wholesale footprint and all of our partners were forced to close their stores, with many shutting down warehouses and cancelling orders,” a Good American rep told the outlet. “Applying for and receiving the PPP loan was a necessary step we had to take to ensure the long-term survival of our brand and business.”

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Valentino to stage live couture show in Rome

Valentino will stage its first live couture show since the coronavirus lockdown in Rome.Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli announced he will be staging a presentation at Cinecitta Studios on 21 July, with only Italian-based fashion reviewers in the a…

Valentino will stage its first live couture show since the coronavirus lockdown in Rome.

Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli announced he will be staging a presentation at Cinecitta Studios on 21 July, with only Italian-based fashion reviewers in the audience.

The event, held at one of Europe’s largest film studios, will be be conducted in “respect of the current situation, following all necessary safety measures” amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

According to a statement from the Italian fashion house, Piccioli had a plan to merge the human and digital worlds before the global health crisis.

“The limits that we are living need to be transcended through grace and lightness,” he added, noting that the show will be broadcast online.

And fashion photographer and filmmaker Nick Knight has been hired to enable the creative director to “amplify human haute couture values through an idea where the maison mastery will be highlighted by the digital side”.

A spokesperson for Valentino stressed that a live performance is needed to fully express the “creativity, imagination and emotion” of couture.

“(It) will bring together the human and the digital touch, creating a dialogue where neither of them will take the lead,” the statement explained.

Piccioli also announced that he will premiere his inspiration behind his upcoming fall collection during a virtual presentation for the first-ever digital Paris Couture Fashion Week on 8 July.

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Naomi Campbell still gets nervous before catwalk appearances

Naomi Campbell has confessed she still gets anxious before her runway appearances.The British supermodel was discovered at the age of 15 and went on to become one of the most in-demand models of the late ’80s and 1990s. Naomi continues to take up some …

Naomi Campbell has confessed she still gets anxious before her runway appearances.

The British supermodel was discovered at the age of 15 and went on to become one of the most in-demand models of the late ’80s and 1990s.

Naomi continues to take up some catwalk gigs, having closed Valentino’s spring/summer 2019 haute couture and Saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2020 presentations, but in a new interview for the BBC’s Women’s Hour, she revealed that she can find the experience to be rather daunting.

“Normally I don’t tell people. That’s just the way I am. I like it to be kept quiet and then I just appear, do my thing and I’m out. No-one realises that when I walk, I’m nervous,” the 50-year-old insisted. “I try to use my nerves to get over my fear and do what I need to do. The day that I don’t feel nervous is the day that I won’t be on the catwalk.”

Naomi went on to discuss her attempts to combat racism in the fashion industry, having co-founded the Diversity Coalition with fellow model Bethann Hardison back in 2013.

And the fashion icon noted that it is extremely important for her to serve as a mentor for the next generation of models.

“I don’t want to have been in the business for this long and not have made it easier for the next generation,” she mused. “That would really break my heart. I don’t want them to have to struggle the way I struggled, even though I like the challenges I went through. I rose to them. They didn’t squash me. They didn’t silence me. I’ve always been supportive in talking and mentoring young models. If they ever need anything, I’ve always been very open to that. I want them to know they can come to me whenever they need to.”

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Phillip Lim wants fashion industry to ‘reassess and readjust’ following coronavirus pandemic

Phillip Lim is hopeful that the fashion industry will “reassess and readjust” once it reopens following the coronavirus lockdown.Fashion houses such as Versace, Chanel, and Valentino were shut down in February as Italy and France imposed strict restric…

Phillip Lim is hopeful that the fashion industry will “reassess and readjust” once it reopens following the coronavirus lockdown.

Fashion houses such as Versace, Chanel, and Valentino were shut down in February as Italy and France imposed strict restrictions on people’s movement in an effort to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and other countries, including the U.S., followed suit from March.

While Lim and his fellow designers have been working from home on upcoming collections to prepare for when the fashion industry reopens once again, the 46-year-old thinks it’s time for a much-needed transformation.

“What we all understand from this is that everyone is connected. We all need each other, we will be better as collaborators instead of competitors,” Lim told Teen Vogue. “My hope is that when we come out, we all take our time to really reassess and readjust, and then try to imagine an industry and a world that we are proud to be a part of and that we play a role in it.”

And he urged other designers to continue to create amid the uncertainty of the Covid-19 restrictions, as he believes it’s a “pivotal moment” in fashion.

“We have to continue to create. This is who are. Throughout history, whenever there were pivotal moments, it was always because of people creating, people pushing against, people fighting out of necessity,” Lim explained. “I pivot the creativity on different subjects whether it be cooking, planting, books to read, just different ways of engaging. It’s all part of that creative conversation.”

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Pierpaolo Piccioli marks Valentino Garavani’s birthday with sweet message

Pierpaolo Piccioli has sent Valentino Garavani a thoughtful message to mark his 87th birthday.The fashion designer, who has served as sole creative director of the Italian house since 2016, took to Instagram on Monday to celebrate the fashion icon’s bi…

Pierpaolo Piccioli has sent Valentino Garavani a thoughtful message to mark his 87th birthday.

The fashion designer, who has served as sole creative director of the Italian house since 2016, took to Instagram on Monday to celebrate the fashion icon’s big day.

Alongside a photo of the pair laughing at an event, Piccioli reflected on some of the conversations he has had with Garavani over the years.

“Everyone knows the greatness and the beauty of his work. I was lucky enough to get to know a little more, I had the chance to work with him and to learn from him the secrets of our job but also the man that stands behind his work. I remember, during the endless wait for the fittings, where models had to be already perfect with hair and make-up, he would patiently answer to all of my questions. I wanted to know everything about the stories you could read on (in) books but that he actually lived,” he wrote. “I wanted to know about Bianca Jagger entering the Studio 54 riding a horse, about Mr. Halston’s fabulous apartment, about Jackie O, Nan Kempner and Uptown ’80s, Dalma (Callado) or Linda (Evangelista) and the little human stories behind the iconicity of those moments.”

Piccioli went on to thank Garavani for providing him with so much guidance and support over the course of his career at the luxury label.

“I discovered a man with an amazing sense of humour and a never predictable and very individual point of view,” the designer gushed. “The most important thing that he taught me, as a man and a Maestro, was that even if the world goes somewhere else, you should firmly stand by your ideas and intuition. Grazie Mr Valentino, and Happy Birthday!”

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Naomi Campbell names Valentino jumpsuit as favourite Met Gala look

Naomi Campbell was thrilled with the Valentino jumpsuit she wore to the 2019 Met Gala.Even though the 2020 Met Gala, which was set to take place on Monday, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis, the British supermodel has reflec…

Naomi Campbell was thrilled with the Valentino jumpsuit she wore to the 2019 Met Gala.

Even though the 2020 Met Gala, which was set to take place on Monday, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis, the British supermodel has reflected on last year’s event in a video for her YouTube channel.

Naming the light pink lace Valentino jumpsuit with pink feathered cape as her best outfit yet, Naomi also revealed that creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli made some serious tweaks to the look just hours before the prestigious fashion event took place in New York City in May 2019.

“(Pierpaolo) arrived on Saturday, he completely dismantled the dress, and we decided…no dress. And we were going to do a bodysuit,” she shared. “They’re so amazing at their craft and what they do, and Pierpaolo and his team took what they had made and thought, ‘Nah, we’re going to do something else.’ This was made in 48 hours, even less. I’d say 36 hours, because he flew in that day.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Naomi pulled out a few of her other favourite dresses from her closet, including a black Ossie Clark dress with silver beading from 1967.

“I love Ossie Clark and I collect his stuff whenever I find some pieces that are still intact or just need a little adjusting,” the 49-year-old smiled.

Yet, one item Naomi takes particular care of is a one-off Alexander McQueen design made for her to wear to her 34th birthday party. The designer died at the age of 40 in 2010.

“It’s the only one that he made and there isn’t a pattern for it or anything. This is the only one. I’m waiting for something very special (to wear this to), I guess. I miss him so much,” she added.

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Pierpaolo Piccioli wants fewer fashion shows

Pierpaolo Piccioli hopes to see huge changes in the fashion industry once the coronavirus pandemic is over.The creative director of Valentino opened up about the future of fashion in a new op-ed for Vogue’s Postcards from Home series, which follows fam…

Pierpaolo Piccioli hopes to see huge changes in the fashion industry once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

The creative director of Valentino opened up about the future of fashion in a new op-ed for Vogue’s Postcards from Home series, which follows famous faces as they deal with life in self-isolation at their homes around the world.

Piccioli discussed his hopes for his profession and had some big ideas on how the industry could work in a more environmentally friendly way going forward.

“There’s going to be a need for everyone to work in a way that is more respectful for people, for the environment: producing less, and more focused,” he explained. “And also the shows, and fashion weeks will change.

“I’d like to see more of a system of fashion, reducing the big shows all over the world, which are not actually a presentation of collections, but a presentation of the power and the money of the brand… This is not fashion to me. It’s branding, which is perfect but it’s a different thing.”

The Italian urged his fellow designers to reflect on the possibility of a big change in the fashion industry, as he seemed to criticise the luxury conglomerates who own numerous fashion houses for focusing too much on making money.

“And I think this is the moment we have to reflect about this, because in the past two decades designers were more like employees of fashion companies, and not the centre,” he mused. “I don’t think that can work for the next ‘future’. What we need now is emotions and dreams… You don’t find dreams and emotions in marketing. You just find stuff. We don’t need stuff.”

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Valentino using fall 2020 campaign to raise funds for coronavirus relief efforts

Valentino is using its fall/winter 2020 campaign to help raise funds for a hospital in Rome.Italy is among the nations worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with approximately 101,000 active cases and almost 28,000 deaths. In light of the crisis, Valenti…

Valentino is using its fall/winter 2020 campaign to help raise funds for a hospital in Rome.

Italy is among the nations worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with approximately 101,000 active cases and almost 28,000 deaths.

In light of the crisis, Valentino executives and creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli are gearing up to launch the #ValentinoEmpathy initiative, which will feature models including Adut Akech, Anwar Hadid, Christy Turlington, Laetitia Casta, Liu Wen, Naomi Campbell, and Vittoria Ceretti, as well as celebrities like Frances McDormand, Gwyneth Paltrow, Janet Mock, Laura Dern, and Rafferty Law.

The stars have all agreed that their fee, totalling approximately $1 million (£800,000), will be donated to the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases in the capital, where a dedicated team is fighting to curb the spread of the virus.

In addition, Piccioli has invited members of the public to take part in the concept.

“The idea is very simple, I will hand-pick and provide you with a full look of the collection and you will ask someone close to you to take a picture of you on a white wall,” the designer wrote in an Instagram post. “Instead of compensation for this project, I am asking you to support me and my company in sustaining Spallanzani Hospital in Rome, the Italian hub fighting Covid-19. I really would like to produce a gesture of love for maison Valentino’s city, I really would like to let Rome know that Valentino friends, not only the brand, are here (sic)!”

It is believed Piccioli will release further details about the initiative in the coming days.

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Off-White continues reign as world’s hottest brand

Off-White has once again been crowned the most sought-after brand in the world.The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties, and industrial b…

Off-White has once again been crowned the most sought-after brand in the world.

The label, founded by designer Virgil Abloh in 2012, is known for its stylised streetwear-inspired items which feature the use of quotation marks, zip ties, and industrial buckles, with celebrity fans including Gigi and Bella Hadid, JAY-Z, and Nicki Minaj.

Now, analysts have compiled data from the fashion platform Lyst for the first quarter of 2020 and reported that Off-White has come out on top in relation to global Lyst and Google search data, conversion rates and sales, as well as social media mentions and engagement statistics worldwide. The brand also topped The Lyst Index for the previous two quarters.

Balenciaga, helmed by creative director Demna Gvasalia, was the runner-up, while sportswear giant Nike landed in third place.

Other luxury brands in the top 10 included Prada, Moncler, Fendi, Valentino, Versace, Saint Laurent, Burberry, and Jacquemus.

“Jacquemus enters The Lyst Index of hottest brands ranking for the first time, with the label’s accessories having previously made the hottest products section,” a Lyst spokesperson commented. “The French brand climbs seven places to reach 15th position, after its supermodel-heavy fall/winter 2020 show boosted social media mentions by over 1,100 per cent. The other new entrants this quarter are Thom Browne and Rick Owens, both eponymous labels of U.S. designers, each with a distinctive and consistent aesthetic.”

Meanwhile, face masks have seen a huge spike in interest, having been worn by the likes of Billie Eilish and rappers Travis Scott and Future on the red carpet at recent events, as well as in light of the global coronavirus crisis.

“The coronavirus pandemic has seen more labels enter the mask market, and a 496 per cent surge in searches for fashion face masks over the quarter. Millions of shoppers worldwide are searching for masks by Off-White, as well as by Fendi, Bape and Marcelo Burlon,” they continued.

Other popular accessories include Loewe’s Eln fleece zip sweater, a Gucci x Disney hooded sweatshirt, and Bottega Veneta’s padded Cassette bag.

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