Last season, British GQ ran a story about the electric intelligence of Naomi Campbell. Tomorrow might be her chance to prove it's true. The legendary model is slated to sit on a panel called "Blacks in Fashion," along with Andre Leon Talley, Robin Givhan, Damon Dash and Tracy Reese. According to the organizers, the fashion heavyweights will address questions like, "In an industry supposedly dictated by beauty and style, why are certain groups granted limited access? Why is the fashion model of color categorized by race? Why is this generation of Black models nearly invisible?" We hope Naomi does address that last question, especially since every time an emerging model is black, she's called "The Next Campbell" ... something that's always bugged us, since neither Gerren Ford nor Chanel Iman actually look like her. The panel happens tomorrow at 10:30 AM, in the Bryant Park Hotel, and on a vague side note: the first 10 models at Heatherette were all black.
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Naomi Campbell is Designing a Denim Collection
British supermodel Naomi Campbell is working on a denim collection for Italian fashion brand Fiorucci, Sassybella reports. The collection is rumored to be debuting during Milan Men's Fashion Week, which starts tomorrow. We're not at all surprised that Campbell is designing; however, it's an odd collaboration for a couple of reasons, the first being that Fiorucci hasn't really been relevant for decades. Since seeing success in the '70s and early '80s, the brand has suffered through mismanagement, legal battles and, eventually, several failed relaunches. Perhaps this is a sign of change for Fiorucci, which was recently acquire by Italian company Ittierre, who currently holds licenses for Balmain's second line, CNC Costume National and Galliano, among others (although, those brands don't exactly seem to be riding the waves of success these days either).