Naomi Campbell feels fashion has lost intimacy
Naomi Campbell thinks fashion is less "intimate" and more "competitive" than it used to be.
The British model rose to prominence in the ‘80s alongside other big names like Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington, working closely with brands like Azzedine Alaia and Versace during her early years. Starting in a different era means Naomi feels she has a different relationship with designers than models of today do.
"What was unique was that we got to be closer to the designers," she recalled to New York Times. "It was a much more intimate relationship with the designers. It was less about models. They tend to make things that would suit each girl - each individual. We were with them all the time. We grew up with them. That’s what I think may have changed now, because it’s much bigger. It’s much more competitive."
Much has been made about the new generation of supermodel, with people like Stephanie Seymour and Rebecca Romijn previously commenting that rising stars such as Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner don’t yet deserve the title. But Naomi, who is often classed as a supermodel, points out that she doesn’t use the term herself.
"It’s used way too much. And I laugh. I just laugh. We never called ourselves that," she quipped. "It was coined by whatever losers, but I never called myself a supermodel."
Another area which Naomi, 46, believes has altered is diversity and she hopes more will be done, as she won’t "shut up about it until the girls get better". The star is optimistic though and predicts this season will be a good one as New York Fashion Week gets into full swing.
On Wednesday night (07Sep16) brand VFILES, known for championing young talent, showed its Spring/Summer 17 line in the Big Apple, which Naomi served as a mentor for. She joined the likes of make-up artist Pat McGrath in consulting the label’s team on how to helm a show, and it went down a hit thanks to quirky pieces like a see-through plastic top and pillow hats covering the models’ faces.