Few may recall, but back in the early ’90s her runway trot was compared to that of a Clydesdale by the international fashion press.
The former supermodel kicked up her heels at the Costume Institute Gala last week in New York. And after all these years, she still looks… awkward. Check out the shrugged shoulders, stick straight arms, the weird one-fingered death grip on her tassled evening clutch. Supermodel? Make that Improbablemodel. Which is kinda hard to say, but you get the point.
Schiffer virtually vanished from the fashion scene after marrying film producer Matthew Vaughn in 2002. They live in London and have two children – son Caspar Matthew and daughter Clementine de Vere Drummond, born in late 2004.
She hasn’t done too much career-wise of late. Not that she had to. For a decade, she made $6 mill a year from Revlon, gleaned gobs of dough from calendars and exercise videos and recently produced two books, "Memories," a pictorial about a fashion show and "Claudia Schiffer by Karl Lagerfeld", a coffee table tome of photos taken by Lagerfeld. Anyone remember the ill-fated Fashion Cafe that Schiffer and some supermodel pals opened in New York? Didn’t think so.
Recently, Claudia was hired to be the face of an economic ad campaign called "Germany – Land of Ideas." Not quite the peak of a supermodel’s career.
But now she’s got her old job back! Herr Karl has hired his former model/muse for the 2007 Chanel Cruise Collection ad campaign. Is Karl going ’90s retro already? Schiffer will be at the runway show that takes place at the Santa Monica Airport Friday, May 18. Front row guests may include Emmy Rossum, Demi Moore, Camilla Belle and Cameron Diaz. But don’t feel too badly for Claudia. At least she didn’t end up like another model whose career was launched by provocative Guess? ads: Anna Nicole Smith.
To see Claudia and Karl together back in 1995, read on….
Photo Credits: Super hot supermodel Claudia appeared with a heftier Karl (before he had that turkey wattle tightened) at the 1st annual VH1 Fashion and Music Awards. Ah, the good old days…. Check back this weekend for photos of the designer and his old muse at Friday night’s fashion show.