Naomi Campbell, one of the world’s best-known models (for both her spectacular looks and her anger management issues), paid a short visit to San Francisco last week to promote FashionWeekLive, a gala runway show to be held in Chicago, Houston, Dallas and ending here at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason on March 15.Campbell looked healthy and sexy (after a fried chicken lunch), wearing a black minidress and high suede boots by Azzedine Alaia (she’s been his muse since she was a teenager), with her hair in a Louise Brooks-like bob. Campbell is the star spokeswoman for the event, produced by IMG, the entertainment, sports and media giant that puts on fashion weeks all over the world.
“We’re coming here to do what we do best — to bring high fashion to the general public and to a city near you,” she said in a soft British accent, chatting in a suite at the W Hotel.Campbell will open the show and will be joined by Gemma Ward, Erin Wasson, Caroline Winberg and other top models. They’ll be wearing looks from the fall ’07 runways of Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs and others to be announced closer to show time.Tickets for the show, presented by Sephora, are steep, from $500 to $3,500 for a cocktail reception, a 35-minute runway show, the after-party and, at those prices, a darn good gift bag.
In her ’80s heyday, Campbell was, along with Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, as famous as any Hollywood star. “I don’t think a group like that will ever come again,” she said. Back then, Campbell might walk 20 shows a city — now it’s only one or two. After taking a season off last year, she’s back in the swing of things now, walking shows in New York and Europe.”I took time off to work on myself,” she said Thursday. “If you’re not of sound body and mind, you can’t work.”And she still gets butterflies every time she steps onto a runway. “I get fearful, nervous, even now.Every show has a different theme and mood, the music is always different, the attitude the designer wants the models to project is always different.”Anyone who has seen her on a catwalk can attest that her fear doesn’t show.