“If there was an Oscar for world’s greatest model,” Roberto Cavalli declared backstage at his Milan show earlier today, “then I would give it to Naomi Campbell, no question.” Campbell, who closed out Cavalli’s show on a tiger-print runway made of 39,000 roses, may also be eligible for another accolade: the Most Catwalk-Friendly Supermodel.
In the last five years alone, 41-year-old Campbell has appeared in two Louis Vuitton shows, a Jean Paul Gaultier for Hermes production, a Dolce & Gabbana men’s show, and the 60th anniversary Dior couture extravaganza. Plus, she’s logged turns for London labels Julien Macdonald, Kisa, and Issa — the latter twice.
Cavalli, who put Campbell in an open-backed burgundy evening dress today, raved of the model: “Every dress you put on her, she knows how to interpret it — she is an actress of fashion.” And what attracted Campbell, who also modeled at Cavalli’s second-ever show, to make a return? “I am here because Roberto seduces me,” she quipped.