As models including Kaia Gerber, Adut Akech and Fran Summers walked the Saint Laurent spring/summer 2020 runway, one was backstage live-streaming the final touches to her look. Seasoned professional Naomi Campbell closed the show mere moments after she had tucked away her iPhone – perhaps in the pocket of her black sequin suiting?
Campbell posted Instagram clues about her catwalk appearance earlier in the day, including a video of her wearing a 1971 YSL coat during a retrospective couture show in 2002, and a separate tribute to the founder of the house. “You believed in me and stood by my side when I needed it most!” read her caption on a snapshot of the 1989 show finale. “Grateful for you and for all the memories we’ve made together over the years.. Kind hearted, creative genius and fashion visionary! We miss you dearly.”
The Vogue contributing editor’s star turn on the Trocadéro runway followed a collection that focused on sharpening Saint Laurent classics. Think rigorously-structured, strong-shouldered tailoring and glam rock partywear with legs-for-days hemlines. “It’s a Rive Gauche way of seeing clothes, a combination of the most iconic codes,” commented Anthony Vaccarello. “Saint Laurent is as much about attitude as it is spectacle.” Striding down the runway with her head held high, Campbell was the perfect embodiment of this sentiment. Cue a waitlist for her wide-lapelled suiting dripping in sequins.