watch the original 90s supermodels strut to george michael’s freedom in honour of gianni versace

Naomi, Christie, Claudia, Carla, and Helena honoured Gianni Versace on the 20th anniversary of the designer’s tragic death.

by André-Naquian Wheeler
22 September 2017, 8:46pm

At the Versace spring/summer 18 show today, Donatella Versace paid a spectacular, heart-warming homage to her late brother on the 20th anniversary of his death. "It would be impossible to commemorate Gianni's entire world in a single collection," she explained in the show notes. Therefore, I have decided to honour his legacy with his beloved prints and dazzling metal mesh. This collection is for you, Gianni." While updating the silhouettes for now, Donatella mined Versace's greatest print hits from 1991 to 1995, including the ever-enduring spring/summer 91 Andy Warhol print (one of the original evening dresses on show now in The Met) and his autumn/winter 92 indigenous peoples collection. "Gianni was all about joy, and so full of life, and the prints really express this spirit."

However, the ultimate tribute was a curtain falling down to reveal O.G. supermodels Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Carla Bruni, and Helena Christensen posing in slinky, sheer gold dresses and strutting down the runway to George Michael's Freedom! '90. The moment was a fabulous reunion for the biggest supermodels of the 90s. In fact, Gianni Versace was one of the first designers to take advantage of the girls' star power. The "supermodel moment" is largely viewed as crystallising when he got Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Cindy Crawford to walk together in his autumn/winter 91 show, joyously mouthing the words to Freedom! '90.

The line-up was a bit different this time around. But the powerful moment was just as enthralling, particularly as it celebrated models over the age of 30 and reminded us that the original supers can still mix it with the new generation.

Watch clips of the slay-age below.

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