Fresh off the circus of the Venice Film Festival, supermodel Naomi Campbell dropped in to New York for fashion week, putting in a few front-row appearances and mingling with some friends. Friends for Campbell, of course, being people like designers Tom Ford, Shayne Oliver, and Brandon Maxwell, as well as Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who clung to her arm as she shepherded him around fashion week. She made time for a charitable appearance, too, stopping in at the #KnotOnMyPlanet gala — and shooting a quick reunion campaign with Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington for the occasion. For her most recent fashion week appearance, Campbell sat front-row at Brandon Maxwell’s third runway show amid a cadre of editors, Maxwell’s family, and Lady Gaga.
Who: Naomi Campbell
When: Tuesday, September 13.
Where: Front-row at Brandon Maxwell’s Spring 2017 show at the decadent Russian Tea Room in New York, New York.
What: An ivory silk jumpsuit by Brandon Maxwell.
Why: The jumpsuit has been a Maxwell staple since the start of his eponymous label last September (he debuted this time just last year), and with good reason — though the formal jumpsuit has taken over the red carpet, but it’s still Maxwell who does it best. The wide, pleated pants and halter neck exude pure ’70s disco vibes, while the light ivory hue is just the thing to subtly undermine the no-white-after-Labor-Day “rule.” The strong silhouette and exaggerated piping along the trousers launch the look into the future, a garment that might be equally at home in a galaxy far, far away as in Manhattan’s Russian Tea Room. Plus, Cambell embellishes the narrow halter with a Hamsa, a hand-shaped charm that’s also a symbol of protection in some Middle Eastern and North African cultures. It’s tiny but distinctive, a subtle detail makes the look totally Cambell’s own.
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