History Made As Naomi Campbell Covers Essence Magazine’s Latest Issue
British Supermodel, Naomi Campbell in her latest cover work for the 50th-anniversary issue of Essence Magazine decided to take charge of everything, from her styling, hair, makeup e.t.c and she called it, ‘Self-Portrait in Isolation.’
Still, in the lockdown, Naomi posted a tweet of a history-making photoshoot she did with her iPhone for the magazine’s latest issue. She dressed in a yellow and red African wax print dress also known as Ankara designed by Ghanaian womenswear label Steve Frenchie which is owned by 26-year-old Steve French Oduro. The piece that was worn was from Steve Frenchie’s Celebration of Life Collection.
The cover featured the model wearing a flowing white dress accented with triangular and circular patterns in black, red, green, and brown. The outfit had a loosely tied black bow that looked like a satin material that sat below her bosom.
On the cover, Ms. Campbell sat on a light wood set with a backdrop resembling a cloudy blue sky. According to her, the vintage garment was designed by Karl Larger-field for the luxury Parisian fashion brand Chloe in an Instagram post.
Through an Instagram video posted on Essence’s profile, fans learned the magazine’s Chief Content and Creative Officer MoAna Luu and Campbell collaboratively video chatted through Face Time to work on the shoot.
Naomi who turns 50 on the 22nd of May posted on Instagram a photo of herself in the African print with the caption;
“wearing here young designer from Ghana @stevefrenchofficial_@steviefrenchie one of my babies that will go to @gucci for 1 year for the Gucci design fellowship program ?????????? #naomiafrica????????.”
French, is a talented fashion illustrator, textile designer, stylist, and designer who has always been one to watch even in his early days as a student at Radford University College which also produced other prolific young designers like Papa Oppong and Afua Biney.
For his SS16 collection, French took the world by storm at his final year presentation where he tackled mental illness with a minimalist yet avant-garde collection that featured belts, puff sleeves, pleats in white, grey and black.
Steve French always uses his fashion to tell stories and make profound statements and has the opportunity to work with top brands/institutions like Vlisco & Co, Studio 189, Ghana’s Embassy in Ethiopia, the Australian Embassy, and the International Fashion Week in Amsterdam.