Princess-at-Heart Naomi Campbell Wears Ralph & Russo, Meets IRL Princess Charlene of Monaco


Supermodel Naomi Campbell is practically royalty at this point — as one of the original supers, she’s fashion legend — so when she comes face-to-face with real-life princesses, she fits right in. Last night, Campbell was tapped as the emcee for the annual Prince Grace Foundation Awards gala at Cipriani Broadway in New York, a ceremony honoring musician Queen Latifah (the royalty jokes to be made are myriad, but we’ll abstain), actor Leslie Odom, Jr., and dancer Camille A. Brown. Other attendees at the star-studded affair included one-time Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie, DJ Chelsea Leyland, Tommy Hilfiger, and New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck — a varied range of artists from across disciplines, many of them wearing the night’s sponsor, Dior. But for Campbell, who turned out radiant in a white silk gown, it was Ralph & Russo for the red carpet.

Naomi Campbell in Ralph & Russo at the Princess Grace Awards gala in New York, New York, October 2016.

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Who: Naomi Campbell.

When: Monday, October 24.

Where: The annual Princess Grace Foundation NYC gala honoring Queen Latifah, Leslie Odom, Jr., and Camille A. Brown and emceed by Naomi Campbell herself, at Cipriani in New York, New York.

What: A white, asymmetrical caped column gown by Ralph & Russo with beaded embellishments and a diamond choker.

Why: That age-old rule about wearing white and Labor Day doesn’t apply when it comes to couture. Or to Naomi Campbell. Here, a one-shouldered cape channels the royals of yore; the gown’s delicate crystal embellishments, snowy white color, and column silhouette are downright majestic. The racer-front cutouts at the collar adds a more contemporary edge, but for the most part, Campbell takes her wardrobe to a retro-inspired place. She keeps it simple in the beauty department with neutral makeup and neat, center-parted hair, a wise move considering the lush detail of her wardrobe; who needs a dark lip when you’ve already got a diamond-encrusted choker?