24 May 2010

Happy Birthday Naomi Campbell! This is your fashion life!

With Ivana Trump this weekend in France

Happy birthday Naomi Campbell! The supermodel celebrated her birthday at the weekend on the yacht of her squillionaire Russian boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin. Among the guests were models Eva Herzigova, Topshop boss sir Phillip Green and his family, and even J-Lo who is also enjoying a bit of time on the French Riviera. One of her prezzies was the biggest bouquet ever! 40 white roses. Jeal? Us? Never.

But as they recover from dancing the night away in the Cap d'Antibes, in France, we flip through the photos and take a trip down fashion memory lane.

 

Naomi was only 15 when she was talent-scouted and since her debut she’s barely been out of the headlines. Here she is at LFW in 1989, looking every inch the 90s beauty with her stonewash jeans and velvet coat. Here’s another iconic moment – falling off her super-elevated mock croc platforms at a Vivienne Westwood in 1993.

Over the years she has bonded with many luminaries of the fashion world. The Versaces, for example, Gianni before his death and Donatella until the present, Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana.

Also, milliner Phillip Treacy, who has made her several hats over the years including one with a picture of her face and a can of Campbell’s condensed soup.

One of the original ‘90s supermodels, her and chums Kate Moss, Eva, Christy Turlington, Heidi Klum Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer have reunited many times over the years to re-create the iconic snaps from the '90's.

Naomi's appearances on the catwalks have been far more constant as the rest of the gang moved into second careers for some and motherhood for others

Recently, she has branched out into the world of philanthropy, pulling together a cornucopia of famous faces to model in her charity fashion shows in aid of the disaster in Haiti. Many of the dresses were supplied by the late Alexander McQueen’s brand, as Naomi was close friends with the designer.

With Nelson Mandela, to whom she is close and 1999

Over the years she’s overcome many dips in the ol’ rollercoaster of life, from drug addiction to anger issues - including mobile phone throwing and camera tripod knocking. Her next adventure looks set to be an appearance as a witness at a war crimes trial, as she is reported to have accepted a ‘blood diamond’ as a gift from African dictator Charles Taylor. Yikes. Never a dull moment, with La Campbell, or a failure to style out each occasion with her fashwan panache!

 

Chin chin Naomi – have one on us! 


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