Naomi Campbell in London
Last week, Naomi Campbell visited Lagos in honour of Arise Fashion Week and BBK Africaâ€™s Homecoming â€“ the music festival that played host to the African diaspora including Skepta, Wiz Kid and J Hus. â€œThe energy was amazing,â€ she recounted emotionally on her return home.
â€œFrom the moment I landed, I had the most incredible time: the people were wonderful, gracious, kind, accommodatingâ€¦ I received so much love that it felt almost overwhelming.â€
The first Arise Fashion Week in six years saw some of the continentâ€™s most esteemed fashion designers â€“ like Tiffany Amber and Ozwald Boateng â€“ present on the catwalk, alongside newer names like Laurence Airline and I Am Isigo.
â€œI went to an amazing shop, Alara, which is like Colette â€“ and I was so excited by all of the fashion, the music, the culture,â€ she continued. â€œIâ€™m gonna wear (all those designers) now that Iâ€™m home; I felt so comfortable, so easy, so relaxed.
â€œI feel like Africa, as a continent, is on the tip of explosion. Itâ€™s the next destination, and it needs a broader platform. I am going to help them get it. Itâ€™s more than overdue. There needs to be an African Vogue. Itâ€™s time.â€
Besides walking the runways, Campbell opened the BBK event with Dream Catchers, a dance collective of underprivileged children from Ikorodu, Lagos, who recently broke the internet with viral videos of their performances and who she had travelled to meet.
â€œI left with my heart full of so much happiness; I didnâ€™t want to leave. I havenâ€™t felt that love in a long time, and it made me realise that, all the 32 years Iâ€™ve been in this business, theyâ€™ve been worth it.â€
â€¢ Culled from Vogue