It was to be the high point of her 35-year modeling career and Naomi Campbell planned to highlight it in style.
But her speech about accepting a Fashion Icon prize at the Royal Albert Hall in London would have been the biggest drop in the fashion world for years.
The supermodel praised generations of groundbreaking black women, including her mother Valerie, at the British Fashion Awards event, but had omitted mention of British Vogue editor Edward Enninful for more than 30 years.
The trivialization, magazine giant Conde Nast, who publishes Vogue, insisted that Ms. Campbell appear in the March issue and called every suggestion of a failure “completely untrue.”
Edward Enninful and Naomi Campbell wear Tiffany & Co. attend the British Vogue and Tiffany & Co. Celebrate Fashion and Film Party at Annabel’s on February 10, 2019 in London
But details have emerged of a bitter exchange of text messages between Mrs. Campbell, Mr 49 and 47-year-old Mr Enninful in the days following the star-studded award ceremony.
According to friends, saying goodbye to the Vogue editor was a message to the supermodel that her name would never be remembered.
Only in March did he describe Mrs. Campbell as “loyal, generous, kind and very sensitive.” Mr. Enninful said: “To me she will always be a legend.” But a friend of the supermodel revealed that such warm words were not a feature of their recent exchange.
“These texts are like nothing you’ve seen before, they were really filthy,” the friend said. “Some of the things Edward said to Naomi are incredibly filthy.
“I don’t know how to restore a friendship after some of the things he said.
“They haven’t said anything since then and the chance that they will do so again is very small.”
The Mail on Sunday revealed three weeks ago how friendship had cooled since Mrs. Campbell’s speech on December 2, in which she explicitly thanked Dame Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue.
It is thought that her speech on 2 December 2019 has accepted a Fashion Icon Award in the Royal Albert Hall of London (photo), which is expected to have been the biggest fallout in the fashion world for years.
Observers said that the apparent minus to Mr. Enninful may have been exacerbated by reading her speech from an autocue, revealing that it was carefully put together rather than off-the-cuff.
“It’s the fallout of all fallouts,” a fashion insider told The Mail on Sunday. “It is often stored under unfinished business.
“Edward can’t ignore what she didn’t call him, but you can’t get everyone in. It would surprise me if Naomi appears in Vogue again while Edward is the editor, although she doesn’t really care. will is an apology. “
The Mail on Sunday understands that the line has become so difficult that Naomi has deleted photos she had posted on the couple’s Instagram, including one of her who accompanied him to Buckingham Palace to pick up his OBE for fashion services in 2016 .
Another, of the couple who party, has also disappeared.
Friends said the dispute increased after this newspaper reported the failure on January 26, revealing that Naomi could not understand why Mr. Enninful had not contacted her by phone.
They say that she is “deeply hurt” but has retained a dignified silence, despite the fact that the fall-out is the talk of the fashion industry.
Another friend said: “Naomi is unquestionably a fiery character, but on this occasion she is the wrong party.”
Naomi’s position is further complicated by being a commissioning editor of the magazine, along with Kate Moss and Laura Bailey.
Insiders at Vogue are uncertain about her future there.
Vogue readers may notice that Mrs. Campbell’s appearance appears in the March issue of the magazine on page 314 of 378 – quite a contrast to the March 2019 edition where she was not only the cover star, but the subject of the streaming editorial letter from the Mr. Enninful and a 14-page photo shoot designed by him.
Duchess of Sussex and Edward Enninful share a laugh about Vogueinstagram
He praised her career as “remarkable” and greeted her as one of the “handful of models famous enough to use only their first names.”
A friend added: “Naomi feels badly hurt by this, Edward really went for her and doesn’t seem particularly fair.
“Naomi is not an angel, but she does not deserve to be spoken so maliciously.”
Mr Enninful claims to have “the career” of Naomi again when he became the editor of Vogue in 2018, giving her chances to appear in the magazine.
One of his employees said: “Naomi’s career was not in the best places, he gave her a place and made her relevant again – that is very much the feeling on his side of the fence.”
Meanwhile, Campbell would have the feeling that she supported his appointment as an editor when many in the fashion world questioned his qualifications for the role.
A friend said: “They both feel they made each other. Naomi feels very strongly that she was there when there were few people to support Edward.
“She supported him both publicly and privately within the industry.”
Naomi was absent at a party that Mr. Enninful two weeks ago in the Mayfair night club Annabel has organized after the BAFTA awards.
The couple organized the event together in 2019.
Last week, the Duchess of Sussex posted a never-before-seen video of her and Mr Enninful in flurry of giggling, hanging around as she prepared to guest-edit the September edition of British Vogue.