Gucci Presents Resort 2020 In Rome, Naomi Campbell Talks Nelson Mandela

by Aria Darcella
Gucci Resort 2020

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Gucci Gets Political With Its Resort Collection
Yesterday, Gucci presented its latest collection at Rome’s Capitoline Museums. Spotlights illuminated the clothes at an otherwise dimly lit show. On the offset it seemed like business as usual for the brand — the maximalist ensembles featured a blend of vintage-inspired details. There were suits, Roman-style togas, and an emphasis on lace and hosiery (which will surely be a hit among street style influencers next fall). But Alessandro Michele also found space for a series of political messages throughout his clothes.

A dress featured an embroidered uterus and ovaries on it; a jacket had the words “My Body, My Choice” on its back; and another piece featured the date “22.05.1978,” which according to Vogue Runway is the day a law protecting legal abortion went into effect in Italy. “Women have to be respected,” he said at a press conference. “They should be free to choose what they want.”

Naomi Campbell Opens Up About Meeting Nelson Mandela (Business of Fashion)
Dior’s menswear designer Kim Jones has interviewed Naomi Campbell about the state of Africa’s fashion industry. She also discussed her relationship with Nelson Mandela. “After I met Mandela, I started getting all sorts of jobs in Africa; and one of those, I chose to do with David Bailey – it was a contract. So off we went to South Africa again, and anytime I was going I would let Mandela know.”

Campbell went on to explain how Mandela got her involved in his Children’s Fund, which was her entry into charity work. “At the time, I didn’t know so much about philanthropy, but I was doing the rounds at children’s hospitals and meeting women – I liked it,” she said. “It put everything into perspective for me. [Mandela] never judged me; he never told me off. There were some downs in my life, and he would simply say, ‘You have to come here, come back to Africa.’ So, I would go. He was the humblest human being I’ve ever met.”

Naomi Campbell (Patrick McMullan)

Wilhemina Is Suing Former Employees for $5 Million (The New York Post)
Wilhemina is suing five former employees who left their jobs and joined Supreme Model Management last week. The modeling agency alleges that the employees — a director, three agents, and a scout — have breeched non-compete clauses in their contracts. According to The Fashion Law, several models soon said they had been solicited by those who left. In addition to suing the former employees for $5 million, the suit includes a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order against them and Supreme, to “stop them from taking any of Wilhelmina’s models, clients or other employees.”

The Cinema Society Co-Hosts a Special Screening of Ron Howard’s Pavarotti 
Last night, The Cinema Society co-hosted a special screening of Pavarotti at the iPic in New York. Director Ron Howard was on hand to present the film to the likes of Patti Smith, Martha Stewart, Harry Connick, Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., and Nicole Miller, among others. Post screening guests headed to the new restaurant R17, on the roof of Pier 17, for the afterparty.

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