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With a career that spans about as long as those famous legs, Naomi Campbell has made her mark as a true force in the fashion industry.

Having been discovered by an agent at age 15, Campbell quickly made waves in the modelling world making her highly sought after. Never before had a black model been in such high demand with so many designers and publications. In 1988, Anna Wintour, who at the time was Vogue’s newly appointed Editor in Chief, chose Campbell to grace the coveted September issue.  Azzedine Alaia took a liking to her as well making her not only the designer’s muse but also like a daughter to him.

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During the 90’s, the world’s obsession with all things supermodels catapulted Campbell into the stratosphere.  The name Naomi Campbell became a household name as she sauntered down hundreds of runways with that signature walk and smoldering gaze. She made business moves like opening a restaurant with fellow models Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington called Fashion Cafe. Music superstars Michael Jackson and George Michaels looked to her to add her special sexy flare to their music videos.

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As famous and beloved as she became, scandal wasn’t far behind. Campbell became notorious for being hard to work with and her antics were played out in the press. It all came to a head when Campbell had to perform community service stemming from a case where she was accused of hitting her assistant with a cell phone. Never to turn down an epic fashion moment, Campbell’s community service doubled as a spread for W Magazine. Each day the supermodel made her way past the awaiting paparazzi dressed to the nines, even having a man from security carry her bags. The last day of her service, Campbell ended her day and sashayed to her car decked out in a sequined Dolce & Gabbana gown.

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Nowadays, Campbell’s career has seen a lot of changes. As a veteran in the industry, Campbell uses her influence to bring attention to causes like inclusion in the modelling world. Recent years have seen her successfully enter the acting field as she has had roles on shows like Empire, American Horror Story and Star.  Her place in the fashion world was immortalized at the 2018 CFDA Awards where she was awarded the Fashion Icon Award. A great summation for an outstanding career.

Written By: Dominique Bedell

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#FashionCrush- Florence Welch (@flo_tweet)

When, singer, Florence Welch hit the scene in the early 2010’s with her band, The Machine, the fashion world collectively breathed a collective sigh of relief.

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When, singer, Florence Welch hit the scene in the early 2010’s with her band, The Machine, the fashion world collectively breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Florence Welch fashion crush

There had been almost a starvation for a band with a beautiful, yet fashion forward front woman reminiscent of the days of No Doubt and Blondie. Practically overnight, the fiery red head, who hails from Camberwell, London, England, was scooped up by almost every major fashion house, having performed at the Chanel runway show in 2012 as well as having Gucci design the wardrobe for her 2011 summer tour.  This would subsequently result in a long relationship with the house of Gucci as she has become a muse for Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele.

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Despite all of the fashion press, Florence Welch + The Machine were still relatively unknown. Welch had had somewhat of a turbulent childhood, having had the traumatic experience of watching her grandmother commit suicide. By age fourteen she picked up a drinking habit and was known to frequent wild parties. Fortunately, Welch was able to kick the habit, and despite being diagnosed with dyslexia, was able to do well in school.  She would later drop out of the Camberwell College of Arts to focus on her music career. In 2009, Florence and her band, The Machine released their debut album, Lungs, which debuted at number seventeen on the UK charts.  By 2011, they were already creating a buzz in the music world, having had two successful albums.   The latter of which debuted at number one on the UK albums chart.  A song from this album would eventually be used in the soundtrack for Snow White and the Huntsman.  After releasing the single Sweet Nothing with Calvin Harris, Welch would receive her first Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording.

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In recent years, Welch has had much success apart from her band.  She’s collaborated with Lady Gaga on a song for Gaga’s latest album, and also put her vocals to use on the Wonder Woman soundtrack. You can still find her beasting every red carpet event she attends and as the brand ambassador for Gucci, you can be assured she’ll most likely be the best dressed.

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Versace, Versace, Versace! Check Out Donatella’s Resort 2019 Collection!

Never has there been more of a spotlight on fashion house Versace than right now.
After a successful spring collection, which was a tribute to the late Gianni Versace, as well as the hit FX TV show The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the Italian house is bigger than ever. The world has become obsessed with the Versace motif of the 90’s that once graced the backs of Biggie Smalls and P. Diddy. Thankfully, Donatella Versace decided to keep the train going with her resort 2019 collection.

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Never has there been more of a spotlight on fashion house Versace than right now.

After a successful spring collection, which was a tribute to the late Gianni Versace, as well as the hit FX TV show The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the Italian house is bigger than ever. The world has become obsessed with the Versace motif of the 90’s that once graced the backs of Biggie Smalls and P. Diddy. Thankfully, Donatella Versace decided to keep the train going with her resort 2019 collection.

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Many of Versace’s signatures such as the Medusa, greek prints and gold hardware were present.  Another signature could be the broad shoulders that was seen on long top coats and leather jackets. This little accent could be a nod to the 80’s when Versace was just beginning to become a fashion heavy weight.  Broad shoulder jackets were complimented with t-shirts that bare the house’s logo, which will no doubt be a wonderful addition to anyone’s wardrobe. The t-shirts, which were shown in either black or white, was worn under dresses or tube tops ( Yes there are tube tops). Along with the t-shirts, the Verace logo was also seen on totes, fannypacks and on the sleeves of jackets and sweaters.

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Bold prints are not uncommon when considering the Versace girl.  One would easily stand out in a crowd with any of the looks which featured that special Versace print. Many of the looks were printed head to toe.  It would take a certain level of confidence to rock one, however, that wouldn’t be a problem judging by their demographic.

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Fringe was a major factor in this collection, having been seen on dresses, skirts, the shoulder of a beautiful jacket and the bottom of shoulder bags. The references to their work from the 90’s was a delightful mix of nostalgia and innovation. It’s truly a talent to be able to refer to the past all while giving the customer something new, albeit something that the customer didn’t even know they wanted or were missing.

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Fashion Killa! Balmain’s Perfect Summer Wardrobe

Over the last few years the name Olivier Rousteing and Balmain have become synonymous with ultimate luxury.
With each and every show or presentation the house of Balmain never fails to tantalize their fans with delightful embroideries, structured shapes and an overall since of fantasy. That is exactly what Balmain showed with their Resort 2019 collection. Having opted for a presentation instead of a runway show, Olivier Rousteing decided to shoot the presentation at an outdoor spot which seemed to mesh perfectly with the 900 piece collection. Consisting of about 80 pictures, the collection depicted a glamorous group of friends enjoying a wonderful day which ultimately progresses to a very glamorous night.

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Balmain Resort 2019

Over the last few years the name Olivier Rousteing and Balmain have become synonymous with ultimate luxury.

With each and every show or presentation the house of Balmain never fails to tantalize their fans with delightful embroideries, structured shapes and an overall since of fantasy. That is exactly what Balmain showed with their Resort 2019 collection. Having opted for a presentation instead of a runway show, Olivier Rousteing decided to shoot the presentation at an outdoor spot which seemed to mesh perfectly with the 900 piece collection. Consisting of about 80 pictures, the collection depicted a glamorous group of friends enjoying a wonderful day which ultimately progresses to a very glamorous night.

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Many of the looks featured tons of that signature Balmain glitter with some including mirror tiled dresses, pearl embroidered jackets and cardigans and heavily studded booties. Further research into the collection showed that most of the items aren’t for the financially squeamish. With most of the embellished garments ranging from $11,000 to a whopping $41,000 for a single dress, it would be safe to say that snagging one of these pricey duds would surely get you loads of attention. The more toned down (if you want to call it that) looks were the purple and blue raffia pants and skirts with some featuring sunset motifs.

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The “logomania” craze, which has taken over almost every major fashion house, was not lost on Balmain. Many of the jackets, slacks, bags, and scarfs featuring the “Balmain Paris” logo will no doubt be one of their biggest sellers among the young Hollywood and hip hop stars alike.

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In the fashion world, Balmain is often criticized for creating outfits that far exceed most of the world’s bank accounts. This, however, is what the house was built on.  Pierre Balmain was known for creating one of a kind haute couture dresses, that were well made and evoked an overwhelming since of luxury.  With the world in such a dire state, it’s a relief to be able to aspire to a better way of living.

Written by Dominique Bedell

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