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British Model Naomi Campbell presents a creation during the Fashion for Relief catwalk show at London Fashion Week in London, Britain. Image Credit: REUTERS

LONDON: Model Naomi Campbell took Centre stage at London Fashion Week on Saturday night with a gala charity benefit at the impressive setting of the world famous British Museum.

The gala capped a warm day filled with shows and presentations, including runway offerings by Alexa Chung and House of Holland and millinery by master hatter Stephen Jones.

Big names are still coming up, with shows scheduled by Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Christopher Kane and Julien Macdonald as Fashion Week reaches its glittery climax.


The Naomi Campbell hosted event was the latest “Fashion for Relief” fund-raiser organised by the well-known model, whose efforts are supported by a wide array of friends and designers. The first charity show was in 2005 in support of victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

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British Model Naomi Campbell presents a creation during the Fashion for Relief catwalk show at London Fashion Week in London, Britain. Image Credit: Reuters

At the event, the British Museum’s steps and foyer became a red carpet staging area for the fashionable elite. Campbell said this year’s benefit was to raise funds to protect vulnerable children throughout the world and help provide education and skills development. The black-tie event drew a huge and enthusiastic crowd, including many who stayed for a private dinner after the runway performance.

Actor Pierce Brosnan and actress Naomie Harris were among the star contingent, and the show was supported by a wide array of global fashion houses including Gucci, McQueen, Marc Jacobs and Vivienne Westwood.

As an eclectic, gender-bending and fun night got underway, no single theme emerged. But the overall impact was impressive.

Some of the outfits were clearly meant to be over the top, including men’s’ looks that seemed to bare all: Many outfits did not cover the chest (putting a premium on gym work), and most of the tops were sheer. Double-breasted suits were meant to be worn without shirts and costumes paired white vinyl shorts with clear tops.

Women were given more variety, including floral jumpsuits, beautiful black, tightfitting dresses, one dramatic black pantsuit with puffy pink sleeves and shoulders, and “Conehead” style veils. There were also spiky overcoats, sexy kimono outfits, Russian-styled Rasputin outfits for men, and glittery silver elbow-length gloves.

Overall it was punky, with plenty of attitude and edge.


An early start couldn’t deter Alexa Chung’s legions of loyal fans, who flocked to a Saturday morning show which included outfits that offered variations on her classic feminine themes.

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Members of the public watch models present creations at the Alexa Chung public catwalk show during London Fashion Week in London, Britain. Image Credit: Reuters

Chung greeted fans with a video message featuring a montage of what she described as “AC World.” She described the new styles as “clothes to feel empowered in” with a theme of “female solidarity” and said they were designed to “get over heartbreak.”

The TV personality also offered a pep talk to her mostly youthful audience. “Enjoy life, kids,” she said. “It’s great.”

The collection featured a number of longer coats, including belted variations. Some were worn over slip dresses or beautifully constructed longer dresses. The colours were muted, with many variations of green and grey, and Chung paid homage to the American west with a denim dress that seemed to conjure up open skies and endless vistas.

There was a well-tailored double-breasted suit and some 60s-style jumpsuits, but no sign of Dynasty-style shoulder pads or power-dressing. Chung doesn’t do flash, but she couldn’t resist a few faux-snakeskin pieces.

Models wore mostly light make-up and flowing hairstyles to allow for a style that looked simple, easy and elegant rather than fussy or overdone.


A London-based designer who is gaining prominence on the fashion scene, Marta Jakubowski, born in Poland and raised in Germany, has brought her minimalist aesthetic to the runways of the British capital.

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A model wears a creation by Marta Jakubowski at the Spring/Summer 2020 fashion week runway show in London. Image Credit: AP

She said her spring and summer 2020 collection, shown Friday night, was inspired in part by film star Marlene Dietrich and seeks to combine the codes of power dressing from various eras.

The designs were asymmetric and relied heavily on a light colour palette, with many shades of blue and lavender. A long black dress with a white choker was particularly dramatic, as was an off-the-shoulder black ensemble.

The look was deceptively simple, without a riot of colour or discordant prints. Some outfits featured high-waisted trousers, and others were eye-catching in pure white and elegant draping.