Naomi in tears as fashion world celebrates her 25 years in style
HER antics have sometimes reduced her assistants to tears, but last night it was Naomi Campbell doing the crying as she celebrated 25 years as a model.
The 40-year-old was a special guest of top Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana as they threw a party in Milan to mark their long relationship with the famously tempestuous model.
The tears streamed down Naomi's face in front of hundreds of partygoers as Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana smiled and kissed her.
It was the second D&G party in just days for Naomi after the designers honoured her with a lavish bash in London during Fashion Week.
Naomi said in London: "I can't believe it's been a quarter of a century in the biz. So much has happened in that time. And it's gone by in a flash. I'm 40, I'm happy and just in a good place. I'm so thankful for that. I'm the happiest I've ever been."
The Italian party was held at the start of Milan Fashion Week yesterday after the D&G spring/summer 2011 collection hit the runway.
Besides Naomi, it was attended by Kylie Minogue and Will Smith's wife Jada Pinkett and their daughter Willow.
There was no mistaking where Dolce & Gabbana are from -- and where their hearts belong. From the tanned fashion press in sunglasses and head-to-toe black, to the seductive lace creations that are one of the label's signatures, everything evoked Italy.
Their use of familiar Baroque and Catholic imagery has let them develop both an immediately recognisable signature look and a sense of heritage that has turned them into one of the best-known Italian labels.
For yesterday's spring/summer 2011 show, the backdrop was a whitewashed wall that evoked a Sicilian house.
Projected against this were black and white images of mothers and children, Madonna -- the face of their current ad campaigns -- and Mediterranean landscapes.
This season, their inspiration came from the traditional bridal trousseaus of southern Italy, and was based around "a more relaxed kind of elegance and tradition".
The collection focused on white dresses with a more innocent sensuality than the overt sexuality that the Dolce & Gabbana woman often conveys.
Fabrics included embroidered bed linens and tablecloths, evoking heirlooms and reinforcing the label's emphasis on roots and heritage. Other materials included chiffon, brocade, jersey lace and crochet.
Among the clothes were dresses with a fitted bodice and long full skirts; signature fitted pencil dresses in stretch lace and linen with appliqued lace; lace-trimmed linen playsuits; cotton and lace drawstring jumpsuits; 1950s-style boxy jackets and skirts in lace; cotton peasant blouses and jumpsuits.
The collection hinted at a trademark opulence: crystals sewn on to crocheted dresses and cropped jackets and skirts.
The finale consisted of an army of models in underwear, that essential part of any bridal trousseau. In keeping with the whole collection, it was in white silk, lace and cotton and exuded a surface innocence.