Naomi Campbell put her younger and skinnier rivals in the shade yesterday when she strutted down the catwalk in a barely-there swimsuit. Campbell, 37, showed that she still has what it takes as she modelled the skimpy creation for the Miss Bikini Luxe spring/summer 2008 collection at Milan Fashion Week.
The Italian shows opened with collections by the Argentine designer Claudio Montias and the Milanese couturier, Andrea Turchi. Montias, known for blending Art Deco style with vintage fabrics, showed puffball micro-minidresses worn with visors and pink velvet hotpants teamed with a leather and lace top. In his first ready-to-wear collection Turchi, formerly a knitwear specialist, included silk slip dresses with bicycle motifs and elegant asymmetric knitted evening dresses accessorised with monochrome striped hats.
Tonight, Dame Vivienne Westwood, the grand dame of British fashion, will take centre stage in Milan as guest of honour at a gala dinner to mark the opening of a major retrospective exhibition in the city to celebrate her 35-year career. The exhibition, curated by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, features more than 150 designs from the museum’s own collection and Dame Vivienne’s personal archive. It traces her remarkable career, spanning the time from the punk era, when she designed outfits for the Sex Pistols, up to present day, where her ornate ballgowns are worn by celebrities such as Madonna and Tracey Emin.
Milan Fashion Week, which continues until Friday, features spring/summer 2008 collections by many of Italy’s most influential designers including Giorgio Armani, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci, together with the British heritage labels Burberry and Daks.