IT WAS THE 90S AND THEY, CRAWFORD AND CAMPBELL, LIKE THE DOUBLE-SWUNG CS OFF CHANEL’S ’94 ITTY BITTY STRING BIKINIS, WERE TASSELED UP AND BUSY CAJOLING A NEVER-ENDING PROMISE OF FLATTERY AND FUN THAT BOUND THE GIRLS WITH THEIR SUPER CALLING. HIGH OCTANE WAS THE SPIRIT OF THE TIME AND GIANNI VERSACE, THE SUPREME CATWALK BEACON THAT HE WAS, SUMMONED HIS CRIMINAL QUARTET: CINDY CRAWFORD, NAOMI CAMPBELL, LINDA EVANGELISTA AND CHRISTY TURLINGTON DOWN THE RUNWAY WITH THEIR LIPS IN SYNC TO THE SOUND OF GEORGE MICHEAL’S GLORIOUS, ‘FREEDOM ‘90’ TRACK. AT THE HELM OF THE DECADE, CINDY AND NAOMI STEERED A STYLE FORCE OF THAT NO SQUALL COULD RIP. ONE-ON-ONE, EACH GIRL HAD HER OWN RAPTURE-CLAD PROWL.
Cindy. She pulls a seamless switch between gingham-checked halters, Calvin Klein cut offs and Dolce & Gabbana vixen cloaked minis. Wholesome and bombastic was on rotation as Cindy Crawford’s double revolver. Veiled in floral lace, diamonds and pearls for Michel Compte’s lens, she could carry Versace’s gem encrusted bounty off the runway to the echo of Donatella’s beckoning for, “More jewels!”. Her sex appeal forged a perfect case for bodysuit-toned barbells mixed in glossy rimmed leather bikers, which Peter Lindberg’s black and white ‘Wild At Heart’ Vogue photos affirmed with ultimate class: ‘One of the sexiest ways to wear leather-over bare skin.’ The black biker followed her through her host gig at ‘MTV’s House of Style’ and she navigated her insider eye at Naomi Campbell’s candidly unhinged ways parallel to the closet digging escapades of her fashion-famous friends.
Naomi. She says her whole life is based on a challenge, which keeps her fighter instinct intact. Unlimited in sprawl, her reputed hard edge has seen the softer side of the runway tumble in a pair of mile-high Vivienne Westwood platforms which she saved with an utmost whole hearted laugh. She pulled off a grunge-crossed heroin look shot by the prolific Steven Meisel and elevated ragged edges to a new extreme when Chanel’s ’94 shorter than short skirts got chopped to Karl Lagerfeld’s pragmatic stance, “We don’t talk about sleeve lengths, why do we talk about skirt lengths?” Fearless of a scandal, Naomi’s wild woman ways have challenged fashion’s confrontational face. She was a favourite of the late Gianni Versace and the trail still blazes with her indestructible insignia, as recently honoured by Ricardo Tisci for his latest Givenchy Menswear SS16 show. She walked out in a black bra and G string, thigh high boots, a bead encrusted blazer and rosary strewn necklace, the religiously laced collection subdued. She was locked into the moment when the crowd forgot to breathe; a decade later her incessantly bold way with a bikini bottom is still at an ultimate high.