The wild ones: The undeniable, indelible influence of the ’90s supermodels returns to the runways

Supermodels Peter Lindbergh Vogue
Photography by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Magazine/fd-inspired.com
Supermodels Peter Lindbergh Vogue
Photography by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Magazine/fd-inspired.com

See the ’90s Supermodels look on the 2013 runways »

Fierceness, thy name is Naomi. And Linda. And Cindy. Recognized in fashion circles by their first names alone, ’90s supermodels are the latest icons to ride the decade’s wave of nostalgia into our already punk-, grunge- and angst-heavy wardrobes.

Known now as the Supers, the larger-than-life model pack fronted by Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington ruled not only the runway but the cultural zeitgeist as well. They were everywhere, starring in George Michael’s epic “Freedom 90” music video, appearing in a Time Magazine cover story, even launching a chain of Fashion Cafes. And while they wore everything from skin-tight Alaïa bandage dresses to Versace scarf print leggings, their look was ultimately defined by a 1991 photo shoot that captured the high-impact collision between the supermodel phenomenon and the moto trend. Lensed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue, it featured a Marlon Brando-meets-Madonna blend of hardware-heavy motorcycle jackets, ball skirts and pleated minis with embellished leather caps and Chanel pearls.

The supermodel look returned to runways last season with Dsquared’s leather bustiers, pearl-encrusted caps and layered gold chains. Worn by It girls Cara Delevingne and Lindsey Wixson, it was the runway equivalent of passing the supermodel torch.

This season, the trend continues with Versace’s collection of slinky sex suits, chain-mail chokers and oversized coats. In Paris, frivolously layered chains were prevalent in Lanvin’s blingy “Love” necklaces and  Chanel’s linked chokers. Need more evidence that ’90s supermodels are back? Christy Turlington will return as a Calvin Klein underwear model this fall.

The supermodel trinity of Naomi, Linda and Christy may not have gotten out of bed for less than $10,000 a day, but it doesn’t look like this trend will be put to rest anytime soon.