Britain’s top designers were honored yesterday in London for the annual British Fashion Awards, including footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood (center) who was named Accessory Designer of the Year. The designer, who is known for his architecturally-inspired shoes, got his start working with Kate Middleton’s favorite hat maker Philip Treacy. Kirkwood’s eponymous line garnered attention last spring when shoe-fanatic Sarah Jessica Parker wore his suede platform shoes (shown far left) three times in one week! His other celebrity fans include Claudia Schiffer (center, right) and Jessica Alba, shown above in a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood sandals. Other BFA winners include Phoebe Philo of Celine for Designer of the Year, Mulberry for Designer Brand, Burberry for Digital Innovation Award, Naomi Campbell for the Special Recognition Award and resounding new it-girl Alexa Chung for British Style. The late designer Alexander McQueen was also honored with the award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design—watch the moving tribute video directed by photographer Nick Knight after the jump.
Stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss attended a memorial service for Alexander “Lee” McQueen at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London this morning. Addresses were given by prominent fashion industry leaders like Suzy Menkes and Annabelle Nielson. Icelandic performer Bjork wore angel wings as she sang Gloomy Sunday, and the London Community Gospel choir led the congregation of close friends and family in Amazing Grace, I Vow To Thee My Country. The late British designer took his own life in February of this year.
Today, Claudia Schiffer—the youngest of the crop of so-called “original supermodels” who made their mark on fashion in the late 1980s and early 1990s —turns the big 4-0. To celebrate, InStyle.com took a look back at the great eight—Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, Helena Christensen, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour and Christy Turlington—and offers updates as to where they are now. Click through the gallery below to see the supermodels then and now.
To celebrate Naomi Campbell’s 25 years in the modeling industry, Dolce & Gabbana has designed a limited edition collection of 14 different tees, each one displaying an iconic image of Campbell. The shirts will be sold exclusively at Dolce & Gabbana boutiques and retail for $200 a piece, with all proceeds going to Campbell’s charity Fashion For Relief, an organization that raises funds within the fashion world in times and places of need. And if you happen to be in New York City the night of September 10, you can stop by the Madison Avenue shop, where Campbell will be signing tees.
A few weeks back, the Bravo docu-series Double Exposure made headlines thanks to its first celebrity subject, Lindsay Lohan; tonight, sparks will fly when photographers Markus Klinko and Indrani welcome supermodel Naomi Campbell and pop star Lady Gaga to their studio. If this eye-popping picture of Gaga in Hello Kitty couture (right) is any indication, it should be a pretty exciting episode.
Gaga fans, rejoice: The fashion website SHOWstudio.com (founded by the influential photographer Nick Knight) has posted a two-hour long interview with the style icon/pop star. If you haven’t got 120 minutes to spare, scan the transcript to check out the in-depth questions posed by Lady Gaga’s little monsters as well as fashion-world celebrities like Mario Testino, John Galliano, Naomi Campbell, Daphne Guinness, and Gareth Pugh; topics discussed include art, influence, and even time travel. (For the record, the singer would prefer to visit both the future AND the past, but if forced to choose she’d opt to go forward: “[Alexander] McQueen used to say, ‘You must never look back, you must never go backwards . . .’ so I would go to the future, selfishly, to feed my work and make me a better artist.”
Naomi Campbell celebrated the start of her fifth decade in style on Friday, at a million-dollar birthday bash in Cannes. The party—which was paid for by the supermodel’s Russian oligarch boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin—was held at the exclusive Hotel du Cap, and the fashionable guest list included Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabanna and Topshop owner Philip Green; entertainment was provided by the Black Eyed Peas, Grace Jones, and DJ Cassidy. P. Diddy, who co-hosted Campbell’s 38th birthday party, sent a video message, and Doronin gave the guest of honor a bouquet composed of forty white roses, one for every year she’s been alive—apparently, the five-foot-ten Campbell doesn’t need one to grow on.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell turns 40 on Saturday and is prepping for her major milestone with a chic party on the French Riviera. The statuesque beauty has already been spotted in Cannes with her Russian boyfriend Vladimir Doronin—she glowed in a metallic feathered L’Wren Scott gown at last night’s star-studded amfAR Gala and opted for a short sequin number (paired with a fun sleek wig) for a dinner party earlier in the week. Guests are reportedly flying in from all over the world for the sure-to-be extravagant celebration and with besties like Kate Moss, Donatella Versace, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, we can be sure the bash will pack a lot of style and more than a few outfit changes for the birthday girl. Happy Birthday, Naomi!