Joan Smalls at Vogue Italia Cocktail Party – Milan Fashion Week SS20

Stylist: Eric Mcneal
Outfit: Christian Cowan
Makeup Artist: Kale Teter
Hairstylist: Peter Lux

Model and activist Joan Smalls attended the Extreme Beauty: Vogue Italia Cocktail Party during the Milan Fashion Week at Palazzo Serbelloni in September 2019.

She wore a Christian Cowan pink sparkly one-shouldered dress from the Spring 2020 Ready-to-Wear collection embellished with amethyst crystals by Preciosa Crystals. On her feet, silver heels with some beadings on the front strip.

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The party was organized by stylist Ibrahim Kamara. He wanted the party to feel like a screenplay and for the guests to feel as if they were watching a movie. The story was a mix of his African origins, his English education and his passion for the Roman Empire. That was his interpretation of Extreme Beauty: a clash of different cultures, which together can create a new idea of beauty.

The party celebrated a contemporary idea of beauty–among the guests: Maurizio CattelanGigi and Bella HadidKendall JennerAmber VallettaAnna ClevelandCindy BrunaJasmin Sanders; photographers Ellen Von Unwerth and Sølve Sundsbø; designers Jeremy ScottAlberta FerrettiPeter DundasNicolò Beretta of GiannicoRoberto CavalliCesare and Arianna Casadei.  

Extreme Beauty–the theme of the night–was declined through outfits, exhibitions, costumes for the artists and masks for the guests, each one of them ideated by Kamara.

A regular contributor of Vogue Italia, he signed his first cover in March 2019.

For the September 2019 issue, he contributed to one of the two covers, shot by Paolo Roversi. Apart from dressing model Adut Akechhe wore the same outfit as her.

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