Monday, June 2, 2008

Well Shut My Mouth!

Photo: Campbell and Pilati attend a party at The Met (InStyle)

Stefano Pilati, the creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, has finally found a black body with "Caucasian anatomy." The Mail on Sunday has announced that Naomi Campbell will be replacing Kate Moss in upcoming ad campaigns for the label. Her contract is rumored to be worth about £200,000 (roughly $388K.)

Naomi worked with YSL in the 90s and last walked the runway for the label in 2001, when Yves Saint Laurent, the label's namesake, retired. She was quoted as saying ‘I’m blessed and grateful to be working with YSL again – a house that gave me a start in my career.’


CHIC NOIR said...

Liya Kabede was featured in the YSL campaign when Tom Ford was head designer.

CHIC NOIR said...

YSL also passed away on Sunday.

Chike-Ikechi Is said...

I'm happy for Naomi, but at the same time I'm disappointed at the standards that exist in the fashion industry. Naomi just got charged for six counts of assault and she lands a new gig as the face of YSL. Models actions beyond the realm of the fashion world should have a repercussion on their careers, but thats not the case. Ms. Campbell will never learn her mistakes and how to check her anger if she can continue to get away with a slap on the wrist, community service, and a new contract with YSL.

But all in all, I'm not surprised. Kate Moss was caught sniffing cocaine prior to her ascension as the face of YSL so there's a pattern: be bad and good will come your way. My concern is it sends a bad message to aspiring models and ultimately to how these young models will mold themselves and who after.

DETAILS magazine had an interesting article in a 2005 issue about how the fashion industry has come to embrace/put up with the drugs and negative behaviors that are synonymous with the culture. The mentioned Kate Moss' incident with cocaine as an explicit example.

I wish Naomi the best during her time at YSL.