I've had some crazy experiences in my life, but the last place I expected to find myself on the first day of New York Fashion Week was in a Midtown dance studio watching Naomi Campbell bust a move. But it happened. And it was kind of amazing.
Naomi and a gaggle of young models were rehearsing their Fashion's Night Out performance, which will take place tonight at Dolce & Gabbana's New York flagship on Madison Ave. The dance, put together by Campbell's friend Laurie Gibson, features Naomi fist-pumping to Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Kanye West in "Run this Town." Gibson, who's made a name for herself choreographing tons of music videos, including Lady Gaga's, is so positive and encouraging I almost wanted to jump in there. "It doesn't have to be perfect, just honest" she tells the girls. "Except for the marches--those have to be perfect--you're models!"
The theme of Dolce & Gabbana's FNO party is, simply, Naomi. She's been in the business for 25 years, so they're celebrating with limited edition t-shirts featuring iconic images of Naomi taken by the likes of Patrick Demarchelier and Steven Meisel. I got the chance to chat with the Super for a few minutes. She was very humble and genuinely excited about the whole thing. "It's such an honor to work with Laurel," she told me. "I studied dance and I always wished I could do dance or performance. But I chose a career as a model instead. This is a dream come true." As for what she thinks about an entire evening dedicated to her career: "The whole thing is just really fun. It's a celebration."
Click through for my photo diary of the rehearsal. Related: Official Fashion’s Night Out Details Are Up: Our Top 10 Long Nguyen Looks Back on 20 Years of Dolce & Gabbana for Men