Model Naomi Campbell organized a star-studded runway show to benefit the devastated earthquake victims in Haiti. Over 140 designers donated clothes for the charity event including international brands such as Gucci, Versace, Christian Dior, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik, and the late Alexander McQueen, to name a few. Some the top models also participated, including Karen Elson, Sasha Pivovarova, Angela Lindvall, Heidi Mount, and Helena Christensen. The event, also taking place during London Fashion Week, hopes to raise funds for the women and children of Haiti through the CARE charity and the White Ribbon Alliance.
—Photos By Sandra Rosales
Russian born designer Olyia Mimkho’s debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week paid homage to her family and her heritage. Solemn faced models with bright orange crimson lipstick marched slowly down the runway to bared down remixes of Russian folk songs. Rich tapestry-like prints were shaped into bohemian peasant-costume dresses, creating a fusion of Imperial Russia and simple country life. Influences from the military and the Communist Era showed up in high waisted jodhpurs and long sleeved tunics in earthy autumn colors. Olyia’s talent in knitwear and her awareness of body conscious lines was evident in a beautifully draped gold dress with a bare back. Folded layer side pockets, seen on some of the pants and skirts, were surprisingly flattering. Mimkho managed to blend the sometimes harsh elements of history and struggle to produce a proud and cultural collection.
Photos by Nari Kim and Sandra Rosales
Visit Mimkho’s website here.