By Fiona Ma
with contributions from Julia Neel
 on September 15, 2019
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LONDON — Naomi Campbell is all about red-carpet moments and on Saturday night in London, she pulled out all the stops for her Fashion for Relief show, an annual charity event, held at the British Museum. As lights danced, guests surged up the museum steps including Skepta, Alexa Chung and Luke Evans.

Rapper Eve, who released her first song in six years, “Reloaded,” was wearing a cream full-length tiered dress by Rochas.

EveFashion For Relief, Arrivals, Spring Summer 2020, London Fashion Week, UK - 14 Sep 2019

Eve  David Fisher/Shutterstock

“London is home to me now, which is very weird to say,” she admitted. “L.A., to me, is work; this is actually home. Because I travel so much, my favorite thing to do when I am back is just to walk around Notting Hill, where we live. I don’t really get recognized or, if people do, they look at me, like, ‘Is that…?’ Or somebody will say, ‘You know who you look like?’ and I’ll just say, ‘I know! It’s crazy, right?'”

Kathryn Newton, who plays Reese Witherspoon’s daughter, Abigail Carlson, on HBO’s hit “Big Little Lies,” had enjoyed a particularly British tradition earlier in the day: high tea.

“High tea is my favorite thing to do in London; I always have to have high tea when I’m here. It’s just so cute. I love the little sandwiches; the cucumber ones. My grandmother always liked the cucumber sandwiches and now they’re my favorite, too,” Newton said.

Spanish DJ Sita Abellan on the red carpet of the Fashion For Relief charity gala during London Fashion Week in London, Britain, 14 September 2019. Spring/summer 2020 collections are presented at the fashion week, which runs from 13 September to 17 September 2019.Fashion for relief gala red carpet at the London Fashion Week S/S 2020, United Kingdom - 14 Sep 2019


As the main entrance of the museum filled up, the fashion started to get bigger and better, too. Evening gowns trailed along the concrete floor, lace veils masked faces and embellished suits complemented sequined cocktail dresses.

Paris Brosnan and Pierce Brosnan in the front rowFashion For Relief, Front Row, Spring Summer 2020, London Fashion Week, UK - 14 Sep 2019

Paris Brosnan and Pierce Brosnan  Richard Young/Shutterstock

“Obviously, I’m not in a tie today, but I’m flashy, you know what I’m trying to say? Look at these kicks; they’re serious,” said rising rap star Octavian, lifting a foot clad in statement sneakers.

Octavian, who provided some of the entertainment at the gala dinner that followed the show, is getting ready to release his debut album: “I’m going out announce the name on my Instagram, so follow me on Instagram, do you know what I’m trying to say to you?”

Naomi CampbellFashion For Relief, Arrivals, Spring Summer 2020, London Fashion Week, UK - 14 Sep 2019

Naomi Campbell  David Fisher/Shutterstock

Campbell, who was wearing a white leather dress with a gunshot-wound design from upcoming designer Mowalola, was among the last to arrive, along with Pierce Brosnan and son Paris, actress Naomie Harris wearing Mary Katrantzou, and models Maria Borges, Adut Akech Bior and Stella Maxwell.

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris  FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The show started with a performance by Swedish singer Seinabo Sey. Designer Daniel Listmore opened the show with other famous faces in tow such as Aketch, Erin O’Connor and Maxwell in a quilted yellow skirt by Chrome Hearts, who sponsored the show.

“Supporting Fashion for Relief is personal for me. Naomi and I have been friends for decades and watching her compassion for the causes she chooses to champion is inspiring to me,” said Laurie Lynn Stark, coowner of Chrome Hearts.

Kim Jones and Daniel ArshamFashion For Relief, Arrivals, Spring Summer 2020, London Fashion Week, UK - 14 Sep 2019

Kim Jones and Daniel Arsham  Richard Young/Shutterstock

“It was just recently that I had the idea for these quilted spiderweb designs, with the idea that the ‘web’ was a symbol of uniting the world. When I first talked to Naomi about the theme for this year’s show, I knew immediately that these pieces would be a perfect fit,” Stark added.

Naomi Campbell on the catwalkFashion For Relief, Runway, Spring Summer 2020, London Fashion Week, UK - 14 Sep 2019

Naomi Campbell on the catwalk  David Fisher/Shutterstock

Other designs that walked the runway included outfits from Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Iris Van Herpen and Tomo Koizumi. Campbell herself walked the runway in a multicolored sequined dress with feathered sleeves and a billowing red ensemble with a matching headpiece from the latest couture collection by Valentino.

The show drew to a close with 30 students from The Elmgreen School in West Norwood, dressed like Campbell in Fashion for Relief T-shirts.

“I’m truly happy to be bringing Fashion for Relief back to my hometown London. The fashion industry has really come together with Fashion for Relief and has shown it’s not just about looking good, it’s about being good and doing good,” she said.

Fashion for Relief funds various environmental and humanitarian causes.

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