Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber Had a Mommy-and-Me Moment on the Runway
The Off-White runway show at Paris Fashion Week didn't hold back on star power. Earlier today, the brand held its first show after the death of creative director Virgil Abloh, enlisting mother-daughter duo Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber to appear in the runway presentation for the Fall/Winter 2022 collection. And they weren't the only stars on the runway, they were joined by a bevy of fashion heavy-hitters, including Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Amber Valletta, and Joan Smalls.
For her turn down the catwalk, Kaia wore a printed T-shirt with a dark blue-grey moiré skirt that featured a voluminous puff detail and green heels. She had a pair of sunglasses in one hand and a smartphone in the other.
Crawford's outfit mixed a printed black blazer with a tiered tulle skirt, a piece that came down the runway on several other models, including Christensen and Kloss. Cindy held sunglasses in her hand, too, and had a long, dangling crystal earring.
Serena Williams also walked the runway. And while Rihanna didn't take a turn, she did arrive in a skintight peach mini dress from Off-White and had several chunky necklaces on. Her boyfriend, A$AP Rocky, was also in the audience. Other guests included Tracee Ellis Ross, Pharrell, and Taylor Hill.
According to Business of Fashion, the event was a "tribute show" to the late Abloh and a way for the Off-White brand to move into its next phase, which includes beauty products and a collaboration with shoe brand Church's.
"The fuel being poured into the brand, it's for decades, for centuries. Virgil would have wanted us to do it," Andrea Grilli, who helped co-found New Guards Group with Abloh, said. "He always said this has to be a multi-generational brand; our kids need to go on Rodeo Drive and Rue Saint-Honoré and see it."
"It's a defining moment when you have to replace the founding father. Yves Saint Laurent replaced Mr Dior, but Virgil's passing doesn't need to lead to the hiring of a messiah à la Virgil. It's not impossible, but it's not the only outcome," Louis Vuitton chief Michael Burke added. LVMH group took control of Off-White in July 2021. "There has been no precise decision on succession. But the brand has many cultural aspects — music, sport — and this allows us to go down different avenues, and going down one doesn't preclude doing another a few seasons later."