Editorial : Naomi Campbell by Ellen von Unwerth for Vogue March 1998



OLD-WORLD CHARM INTERMINGLES WITH EXOTIC ROMANTICISM in these stunning photographs for Vogue’s March 1998 issue — is there anything better than vintage editorials starring the impossibly striking Naomi Campbell? There were fluid dresses with a high slit and tail emulating fervent Flamenco dancers, dramatic red and black hues paired with crisp white, seemingly simple dresses embellished with lace or florals, and of course, accessories — from head flowers and hats to large earrings and bead necklaces. Whilst Spanish inspiration has been an unflagging element in fashion for years — anything from Oscar de la Renta‘s polka dots to Vogue Spain’s December 2012 homage to la cultura española — it is Grace Coddington‘s impeccable creative direction that made this one of my favourite fashion editorials. If you have any doubts, just look at the photograph of Naomi Campbell in a tulle Christian Lacroix skirt pushing a hot air balloon. —Victoria


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Victoria | Contributor, London
Fashion Contributor, London

Victoria lives in the south of Spain, having moved there from her native country Ukraine when she was just a child. She finds herself looking up to timeless icons from past decades including Jackie O, Grace Kelly, Katherine Deneuve and Audrey Hepburn, and longing for sunny afternoons on the French Riviera and walks along the Seine during spring. Always overdressed and dishing out on tailored pieces and shoes – secretly dreaming they were from Dior or Saint Laurent – she dresses for herself rather than others, and would trade breakfast for Vogue or a one way ticket to anywhere beautiful.