This week, Naomi Campbell was a part of the stars kicking off New York Fashion Week (NYFW) with what she’s described as a “dream come true.”
On Sept. 5, the supermodel debuted her clothing collection, PrettyLittleThing x Naomi Campbell, according to Los Angeles Times. The collaboration, based on her popular 1990s fashion looks, came together with the help of Black designers Victor Anate and Edvin Thompson.
“After 37 incredible years on the catwalk, I’m thrilled for the opportunity to share my latest adventure on the other side — as a designer!” Campell wrote in an Instagram caption.
“Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making this collection a reality, changing the pace of fast fashion,” she added when thanking her team and British fashion brand PrettyLittleThing.
After Campbell walked the catwalk of her NYFW show, she addressed the critique around collaborating with the company.
“The white models when they’ve done fast fashion, they were praised,” Campbell said, per AP News.
“[For] the collection, I want the message to be that it’s inclusive, it’s worldwide, and I feel that it’s the beginning,” she said. “Things will change. They will get there. Bringing in Victor and Edvin is the start to a new way — a new journey of change. The sustainability will come, it has to. They’re all gonna have to.”
In other news in the fast fashion and business world, the likes of Shein and Forever 21 feed into the conversation of it being a lack of urgency for more sustainable fashion options.
As previously reported by AFROTECH, Shein acquired nearly a third of Forever 21’s distributor Sparc Group to increase Sparc Group’s distribution and Shein’s reach to consumers.
With two fast fashion giants putting their rivalry aside to come together and supermodels like Campbell joining the lucrative industry, it’s hard to decipher whether we’re heading toward a more sustainable future.