PrettyLittleThing (PLT) is pleased to debut its latest collection from designer and supermodel Naomi Campbell. Made in collaboration with up-and-coming Victor Anate and Edvin Thompson, the groundbreaking pieces will be showcased at New York Fashion Week on September 5. Already, these pieces have generated some significant buzz for their playful lines and tasteful embellishments.
The launch is a byproduct of Campbell’s bigger philosophy about her global online fashion brand and the reputation she’s built over the years. “This collaboration is an extension of my commitment to create and promote opportunities for young, emerging designers. Within my collection, it was important to recognize and include some of the amazing talent that’s out there,” Campbell said. For every decision she makes, she thinks about how she can use her platform to do the most good for her fanbase and the many fashionistas of the world.
She chose some very bright stars for this collaboration, with both Anate and Thompson having made their marks in a very short period of time. Victor is a powerhouse at the tender age of just 20 years old. In 2019, he managed to establish his company, Vicnate, in Lagos. In his second spring collection in 2022, he paid homage to the sun, adding bursts of sunshine to his pieces to symbolize the hope for his brand. In 2023, his chic bodycon dress, made together with Naomi Campbell, gives the wearer a way to express themselves and their beauty while celebrating the human form.
Thompson has been in the game a little longer than Anate, establishing his label, Theophilio, in 2016. He was brought on to work on the off-white satin dress after being named the CFDA American Emerging Designer of the Year in 2021. Thompson may have lived in Brooklyn for the majority of his life, but he lived in Kingston for the first third or so. Those formative years are still deeply embedded in his heart, and you can see his heritage reflected in the pieces that he creates. His pieces blend the dancehalls of his former home with the intensity of the Big Apple.
Both Anate and Thompson have a contemporary vision that pairs well with Naomi Campbell’s timeless style. This collection is both size- and budget-inclusive, which will undoubtedly spice up people’s holiday season as everyone prepares for the parties ahead. Not only will Fashion Week witness the 15 latest looks, but the website will also have them available in several colorways. In what will undoubtedly be a highlight of the week, it’s also a testament to Campbell’s enduring presence in the industry. More than just an icon of glamour, she views herself as a changemaker. With every professional decision, she seeks to empower herself, the people around her, and her many fans all over the world.
For those who can’t make it to NYC to be there in person, the show will broadcast live on YouTube. Chris Parnell, the Head of Design at PLT, viewed this collection as a turning point for the brand. “This collaboration with Naomi Campbell is a monumental moment for PrettyLittleThing. We are not just launching a new collection; we are making history with the most significant collaboration we’ve ever undertaken. We can’t wait to see our customers wearing these designs.”
Jumpsuits, chainmail dresses, floor-length showstoppers, and cocktail dresses are just the beginning. Each new piece has been given careful consideration by the three core designers, Campbell, Thompson, and Anate, to give the wearer the supermodel experience. These pieces may be affordable, but they carry with them the air of high fashion and exclusivity. Crystals, sequins, faux leather, and velvet are all used to add texture and dimension.
Silhouettes change at will, whether donning an oversized jacket or a bodycon dress. Campbell’s tailored jumpsuit, minidress, and rose-gold dress are all runway (or nightclub) ready. Fans can see how Campbell earned a reputation for honoring her past without getting stuck behind the times. The final touches and accessories on each outfit come from PLT’s existing line, giving viewers the inspiration they need to spice up their looks.
For anyone who wants to learn more about the path she took to this collection, Apple TV+ is running a new docuseries. Called The Super Models, the show spotlights Naomi Campbell as well as the careers of contemporaries Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Cindy Crawford. These women certainly didn’t start off as household names, but they turned the fashion world on its head at a time when models had little to no influence in the fashion world.
Debuting on September 20, 2023, the doc is directed by Roger Ross Williams and Larissa Bills. Campbell openly discusses what went on after the cameras stopped clicking, and the runway lights turned off. They talk about what it was like to defy trends and write their own rules. It’s truly incredible to see how these four women were able to rewrite the power dynamic in such an electric industry, long before social media influencers took their turn in the spotlight.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Naomi recently welcomed a second child to her family. After having a daughter in 2021 and a song in 2023, she’s been vocal in the press and on social media about what it means to be a mother. She encourages all women not to give up on their dreams, regardless of their age. As the decades pass, she remains every bit as committed to using her voice and influence to give back to the people who support her.