TIME WARP: Naomi Stands Around For Versace Men’s Show

Oh, how we long for 1996. We know better than to say this, but it just feels like a much simpler, more honest era. But maybe that’s because we were 7 years old.

But even at that young age, we had a kind of fearful love of supermodel Naomi Campbell. And Naomi Campbell had most of the world’s designers wrapped around her little finger. Gianni Versace asked her to stand in the middle of the runway looking like a living statue, then take exactly one turn down the ramp during his men’s fall winter 1996/97 show. We wonder how much she got paid to basically stand around in a chic white dress for a little while?

Also, can we have a round of applause for how far men’s fashion has come in the last 14 years? Some of this stuff doesn’t even look like it fits. Versace was a genius, but we’ve never been more thankful for Thom Browne and Hedi Slimane than we are after looking at a parade of wide lapels and really long jackets.


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