At 53, A Lingerie-Clad Naomi Campbell Shut Down The Runway In Milan

Milan Fashion Week has been filled with plenty of headline-grabbing moments this season–Ryan Gosling was on the front row for Sabato De Sarno’s much-anticipated first show for Gucci, Peter Hawkings made his debut as creative director at Tom Ford, and Claudia Schiffer returned to the runway at Versace. However, the moment that caused the biggest buzz on social media is without a doubt Naomi Campbell delivering her signature strut at Dolce & Gabbana, wearing suspenders and a sheer slip dress.

Campbell has been a casting coup for decades, and at Dolce she reminded everyone exactly why she rose to supermodel status following her first fashion week show at Jasper Conran in 1986. Her signature walk is powerful and fluid–she even somehow manages to swish her hair in time with her steps–and so revered that it was immortalized in the lyrics of Beyoncé’s “Get Me Bodied”.

“We don’t want it to look like it’s only for the social media generation,” Domenico Dolce told British Vogue’s fashion critic Anders Christian Madsen in Milan of the casting for the spring 2024 show. “We want to address women of all ages, which is why we haven’t just cast new faces but established models, too. We want to celebrate more mature women. Everybody talks about the new generations, but it’s important to look to women of all ages and shapes.”

Naomi Campbell at Dolce & Gabbana SS24. Victor VIRGILE/Getty Images
Naomi Campbell at Dolce & Gabbana SS24. GABRIEL BOUYS/Getty Images

To put it plainly, no one walks on the runway like Naomi Campbell. “I still enjoy it but it’s nerve-racking! Because I’m 51 years old walking with girls who are 18!” the model previously told British Vogue in her March 2022 cover interview. “It’s great to be with these young ’uns at my age, but I have to say, at one of the shows I was like, ‘Come on, girls! Pick up your feet! Why are you walking so slow?’”

In the same conversation, she explained how in the ’90s she was able to create a walk that felt personal and identifiable: “I definitely feel like my time was more joyful. We smiled. We got to show off our personalities.”

This September it has been all about the original supermodels, as CindyChristyLinda, and Naomi were on the cover of Vogue’s September issue and closed Vogue World: London by walking hand in hand on stage while Annie Lennox sang the anthem “Sweet Dreams”. The supers are also currently starring in a hotly anticipated documentary on Apple TV+, which charts their stratospheric rise in the ’90s and the impact they have had on the fashion industry. Something tells us this isn’t the end of this super September, and we will see more of Naomi’s stride in Paris.

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