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Dolce and Gabbana throw a star-studded party to celebrate Naomi Campbell's 25 years in fashion

Last updated at 3:08 PM on 22nd September 2010

It’s hard to believe that Naomi Campbell has been in the modelling business for a quarter of a century by the looks of her youthful complexion.
But that’s exactly what she and a flurry of celebrities were celebrating last night alongside Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.
Her 25-year career in the fashion industry was celebrated at the Dolce & Gabbana flagship store in Bond Street, central London, which toasted her success and contributions.
Naomi Campbell's Dolce & Gabbana party
Quarter century celebration: Naomi Campbell was honoured by Dolce & Gabbana at the party that celebrated their working relationship with the model for 25 years

Dolce and Gabbana said: ‘Besides being one of our favourite models, Naomi is also a great friend and a special woman.
‘What matters to us, and what we would like to celebrate, are the private moments we shared and that allowed us to know her generosity, her funny jokes and being always ready to help those who needed it.’
Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell and Alexandra Burke
Celebrity supporters: Lily Allen (left) and Alexandra Burke (right) came along to support Naomi's contributions
Naomi Campbell signs a Dolce & Gabbana T-Shirt with her print on it
Model's autograph: Naomi Campbell signs a Dolce & Gabbana T-Shirt with her print on it to raise money for flood victims in Pakistan

The photograph-clad T-Shirts, taken by leading fashion snappers Steven Klein and David LaChapelle, will be on sale at Dolce & Gabbana stores as well.

Naomi Campbell at 15 in 1986
Naomi Campbell at 18 in 1989
Flashback: Naomi Campbell at 15 in 1986 (left) and the model on the catwalk at 18 in 1989 (right)
Liz Hurley
Claudia Schiffer and Shane Ward
D&G-clad guests: Elizabeth Hurley (left) wears a D&G purple leopard print dress, while Claudia Schiffer (centre) sported one of Naomi Campbell's fundraising T-shirts and Shayne Ward (right) tried a D&G denim ensemble

Also there to pay tribute to the 5ft9in model was a celebrity guest list fit for royalty, all draped in the Italian designers’ creations.
A pregnant Lily Allen showed off her growing baby bump in a lace-embroided D&G mini dress, while X Factor winner Alexandra Burke was elegant in their purple long-sleeved gown.

Amelle Berrabah

Fashion followers: Sugababe Amelle Berrabah (left), Danny Cipriani (centre) and Olly Murs (right) all tried a different look at the event, from glamour to casual to office-chic

Claudia Schiffer and Sinitta made sure to wear their Naomi Campbell T-shirts to the event to support the fundraising cause.
Leopard print fabrics have always been a favourite throughout Dolce & Gabbana’s collections, leading Elizabeth Hurley, Keisha Buchanan and Paloma Faith to sport different versions the print.
Ladies in black included Pixie Lott, Tamara Ecclestone, Jamelia and Meg Matthews, who all opted for the classic D&G LBDs.

Naomi Campbell

Tamara Ecclestone

Pixie Lott
Glamour in gowns: Tamara Ecclestone (left), Natasha Bedingfield (centre) and Pixie Lott (right) all opted for D&G dresses, from black to red but all equally as feminine and sexy

And Naomi stunned in a little black dress herself, with a lace and velvet frock that was finished off with a pair of black suede heels.
Despite the ladies being dressed to kill in a variety of gowns, male guests Shayne Ward, Danny Cipriani and Olly Murs all dressed down in casual denim ensembles.

Keisha Buchanan and Jamelia

Various modelling shots of Naomi over the decades adorned the walls during the event, going back to the 1980s, when Miss Campbell was first discovered while shopping in London.
Since her discovery she’s gone on to be spread across countless covers of internationally renowned fashion magazines, amidst some equally as famous legal battles.

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