Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford have united for a supermodel reunion, and it’s epic. Balmain, a top fashion house with creative director Olivier Rousteing at the helm, has chosen three, who put the “super” in supermodel, to show off his spring 2016 collection.
Schiffer, Campbell, and Crawford look awesome, and it’s hard to believe they range in age from 45 to 49.
— Complex Style (@ComplexStyle) January 7, 2016
Schiffer, now 45, was born in Germany and has been in the modeling business since she was 17. In 1987, she was discovered by Michel Levaton, who then headed Metropolitan Model Agency. He spotted Claudia in a club dancing, then signed her up — the rest is history.
She has been out of the spotlight for a while, but the ads show that Schiffer still has what it takes. She married film director Matthew Vaughn in 2002 and is now the mother of three children.
Thirty-year-old Rousteing admires Claudia Schiffer, Campbell, 45, 49-year-old Crawford, and legendary photographer Steve Klein, who took black and white photos of the women for the Balmain 2016 Spring Collection.
Those four singular talents have inspired me from day one. When I was a schoolboy in Bordeaux, it was their editorials that first made clear to me the amazing transformative power of fashion. Still today, many years on, their iconic images are often found amongst the jumble on mood boards in my (and almost every other designer’s) atelier. To say that working with them was a dream come true is no exaggeration.
Rousteing shared how Schiffer and the other super models inspired him to enter the world of fashion in an Us Magazine interview.
“While we shot these images, I had to smile as I imagined how my adolescent self would have reacted with utter disbelief if someone could have traveled back in time to tell me that one day I would be in a New York studio, watching Steven Klein shoot Cindy, Claudia and Naomi for my Spring 2016 campaign — for those four singular talents have inspired me from day one.”
— Fashion News (@FashionOvernews) January 7, 2016
Schiffer was excited over seeing the other fashion greats who are not only legendary models but also love spending time with each other, noted Vogue.
I loved seeing Cindy and Naomi again. Every time it’s like I’m continuing a conversation from the day before. We have experienced some amazing times together. Cindy and I talked about family life as we had our hair and makeup done, and Naomi, who still has the best body in the business, made us laugh.
Although the Balmain collection is associated with Generation Y and younger fashionistas, Rousteing talks about bringing back the ideas of real (as in mature) women and femininity to the word of fashion. The 1990s supermodels, who are now part of the Balmain army (named after Pierre Balmain who founded the fashion house) demonstrate that modeling is a skill and super models are more than pretty faces and beautiful bodies.
Perhaps Rousteing described it best when he said, “When you love Balmain, you love Cindy, you love Naomi, and you love Claudia. It’s natural because they are iconic, they are powerful, and they are strong—and they make a lot of people love fashion,” added Vogue.
Claudia Schiffer, Naomi, and Cindy can give the newer models lessons on how to act for the camera, by projecting mood and attitude. Thanks to Rousteing, the trio will be introduced to a generation who doesn’t remember when these glamourous women were household names.
[Photo by Anthony Garvey/Getty]