How often do you receive those forwarded messages that talk about growing up in the 80’s and 90’s and how annoying are they?? Well, prepare to be annoyed – or hopefully not – for just a few seconds more as I try to give you a glimpse of how it was like to be a teenager in the 90’s and to be surrounded by The Supermodels of the day. True we were infatuated as far as girl crushes would go…my friends and I would often go into heated debates defending our favourite supermodel be it Cindy, Naomi, Linda, or Christy. What we didn’t realise back then, however, is that we were experiencing iconic times when it came to the supermodel era… we wouldn’t have imagined that twenty plus years down the line we would still be seeing those same faces grace the covers of the holy grail of the fashion print. Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington are the cover stars of Vogue Paris’ September issue and that is just memorable….
Aptly titled “Fashion Legends”, this issue is paying tribute to some of the girls who conquered the world in the 90’s such as Claudia Schiffer and Elle McPherson among others who were completely unparalleled in fame to this day. Though we still love the Gigi’s, Kendall’s and Cara’s of our day but sorry girls….perhaps in another twenty years or so we will look back and say the same about you! The issue also features an exclusive interview with another fashion legend, the self-made inimitable Ralph Lauren.
Kate Moss in a Mulberry dress was channeling Marilyn Monroe on what would be her 20th Vogue cover while Naomi is said to bear resemblance to Tina Turner in her Paco Rabanne dress, and both were photographed by Mikael Jansson and styled by Emmanuelle Alt. Naomi took to her Instagram to explain how her first French Vogue cover was in 1988… she never thought she would still be doing it 30 years later.
Christy Turlington, however, was shot in a simple black and white portrait by fashion photography duo Inez and Vinoodh and styled by Aleksandra Woroniecka wearing a jacket by Ralph Lauren and a Cartier necklace.
Vogue Paris clearly took a different route from Vogue US and Vogue UK which had similar photoshoots for Beyoncé and Rihanna on their covers. Vogue Paris are firm believers in the powers of the supermodel and we totally get that. Perhaps the millennials would not completely comprehend the magic that these ladies brought us, and perhaps it all boils down to the nostalgia that surrounded that magical era prior to any digital invasion of any kind; where the highest point of the month was when we got our hands on the latest issue of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle or Cosmo…