Lady Gaga‘s surprisingly understated ad for Versace accessories is one of the most talked about campaigns of the moment, but the Versace love affair with fame goes way back. Every few seasons Donatella enlists a star from the world of film, tv or music to pout and preen in the brand’s memorable campaigns and over the years they’ve racked up an impressive array of luminaries. Versace will always be synonymous with the supermodel era but they’re equally known for their connection to the world of celebrity. Star power has always been one of the driving forces behind Versace’s appeal on and off the red carpet – take a look back at some of the famous faces to front ads for the legendary label.
Every so oftenVogue Italia comes out of left field and delivers a cover that features a true fashion legend. This month the honor goes to the incomparable Isabella Rossellini, one of the most photographed women ever and a model who ruled the world’s of fashion and film. Take a look back on her fashionable history, and some of those iconic images.
Happy birthday to supermodel Naomi Campbell, who turns 42 today and is still one of the most in demand faces within the industry. Naomi’s career is legendary not just because of her phenomenal accomplishments (there isn’t a campaign she hasn’t booked or a runway she hasn’t walked) but also because of the series of ground she broke, not just for herself but for models of color everywhere. Take a look back at some of our favorite Naomi moments from her 20 years in the industry.
1988 – THE 1ST
As a true trailblazer Naomi was not only the very first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris, she was also the first to land a spot on the cover of American Vogue‘s coveted September issue.
1994 – PRADA
Not to mention the very first black model to appear in ads for Prada, also one of the few to ever set foot on the mega-brand’s runways. Fashion historians will note that it took 10 years for another black model to grace the Prada catwalk.
90s – THE TRINITY
The iconic faces of a generation; along with friends Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, Naomi owned the 90s runways. More than just a group of besties, the trio banded together with Evangelista and Turlington refusing to do shows unless Naomi walked alongside them.
1989 & 2008 – YSL
As a mentor, friend and supporter, Yves Saint Laurentwas an important part of Campbell’s success. “He was the one who campaigned to put me on the cover on French Vogue and I was the first woman of color to be on the cover — that was because of him. He was so supportive of me. Not just for me, for women of color everywhere.”
1992 – THE KING OF POP MEETS THE QUEEN OF MODELS
We know the George Michael Freedom video is another fashion milestone, but only one supermodel shared the dancefloor with the King of Pop!! Jackson’s In the Closet video, directed by Herb Ritts, shows two enduring talents at the top of their game.
1993 – VERSACE
Richard Avedon‘s Versace ads are modern classics and Naomi’s history with the house is well documented, from her friendship with Donatella & Gianni to her numerous appearances on the Versace runway.
2003 – CHANGE CLOTHES
A decade later and still serving it up in memorable music videos, this time for Jay-Z and Pharrell.
2007 – THE NAOMI DIARIES
Could most models turn their community service into one of the best fashion editorials of the year? The answer is no.
Jean Paul Goude + Naomi is a winning combination, especially when recreating one of his classic Grace Jones images with the help of Marc Jacobs.
2010 – PUSHING BOUNDARIES
Never one to be afraid of controversy, Naomi has appeared in countless editorials that push the limits, most recently her Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott story in Interview was an especially striking example.
Revlon, the iconic makeup brand of the classic Richard Avedon ads featuring supermodels, returns to form with a gorgeous new campaign starring Anne Vyalitsyna. Actresses are cute, but no one beats a model when it comes to selling the beauty ideal. With smoky eyes and a plum pout by Gucci Westman, Anne looks every bit as unforgettable as the classic Revlon beauties of yesteryear.
Steven Meisel is reuniting with all his supermodel favorites of late. First Kristen McMenamy‘s epic VI cover last month and now the return of the always stunning Linda Evangelistafor Vogue Italia. Meisel shoots the eternally captivating model in high contrast black and white in a story that nods to the classic images ofÂ Horst P. Horst and Richard Avedon.