VFILES Runway Taps Naomi Campbell, Young Thug as Season 7 Mentors

VFILES Runway Taps Naomi Campbell, Young Thug as Season 7 Mentors

The fashion collective's runway series is getting bigger by the year

The fashion collective's runway series is getting bigger by the year

Text: William Defebaugh

VFILES has made a name for itself by championing young talent, not only with the designers they stock (both online and at 12 Mercer Street, right across the street from the V Magazine offices), but also with their runway shows at New York Fashion Week, at which they mentor and showcase their top up-and-comers each season. Today, they announce their mentors for season 7: supermodel Naomi Campbell, stylist Mel Ottenberg, make-up artist Pat McGrath, Fear of God designer Jerry Lorenzo, and rapper Young Thug.

The all-star lineup of seasoned fashion experts will work with the team at VFILES to select and consult with the next generation of designers, models, glam artists, and stylists for the show, set to take place on September 7. If the show is anything like seasons past, it will be a spectacle; previous events have featured performances by Tyga, Sophie Beem, and A-Trak, and have seen Kylie Jenner in the front row.

“We are incredibly excited to be consulting with Naomi, Pat, Jerry, Mel, and Jeffery as we prep for the seventh season of VFILES Runway," says VFILES CEO and Founder (and former editor) Julie Anne Quay. "Each has an incredible vision and are also not scared to take risks where moving fashion forward is concerned. Fashion today belongs to the risk takers and those who will push the boundaries of their ideas and how they are communicated.”

VFILES Runway has made a tradition of claiming the next class in fashion, many of whom go on to become prominent members of the industry. There's a reason Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, and Rihanna (remember that "fear" stole?) have been seen sporting winners from seasons past. Last year’s winners alone have already made their mark in the fashion world: the Ottolinger designers are now creative consultants for Yeezy by Kanye West, and Feng Chen Wang was an LVMH Prize nominee. With season 7's freshly announced judges, it's safe to say that season 7 will be no different, and that the next class of inductees are in good hands.

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