In the autumn of his career, Richard Avedon berated magazine editors for using models whose faces were “about as interesting as pie plates with holes punched in them.” With a few notable exceptions, the same could be said of each new crop of lookalike girls since. Thankfully, the latest round of shows saw the comebacks of several nineties catwalk legends, including Shirley Mallman, Carolyn Murphy, and Stella Tennant.
But leave it to Riccardo Tisci to mine the retro-model phenomenon most adeptly. The Givenchy designer has long shown an infatuation with the post-Naomi-Linda-Cindy era of glamorous yet streetwise models. Kristen McMenamy, Michelle Hicks, Kirsty Hume, and Ling Tan have all walked his runway in recent seasons. Perhaps his greatest coup happened three season ago when he brought back Brandi Quinones, the former Chanel muse whose hip-breaking, wriggly gait is no doubt still being discussed by J. Alexander wannabes.
For spring, Tisci convinced top models Iris Strubegger and Tao Okamoto to drastically cut their hair for his show, and many new faces walked in Paris exclusively for him, besides Givenchy favorites Natasha Poly, Mariacarla Boscono and transgender sensation Lea T., who also features in the current ad campaign. But it was the presence of Danielle Zinaich, a 1990s model only fashion lovers can truly appreciate, that caught our attention.
How does Tisci track down all these girls? Who will he bring back next? Lorraine Pascale? Iris Palmer? Dana Douglas? Tell us who you would like to see next in the Givenchy Gang. Comment below.