Olivier Rousteing, creative director for Balmain, was all over Instagram yesterday posting photos from the new campaign featuring three model legends: Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, and Cindy Crawford. They look incredible. He also looks incredible. As you know, everyone loves Olivier. And he’s made Balmain so hot people actually get hurt at the mall for his clothes. Have you seen those riot videos? Click here if you missed that.
Anyway, here’s a selection of some of the shots.
Check his Insta for more. As you can read from his captions, he worships these women. He was raised on them. And thanks to Olivier, I now get to tell you my Cindy Crawford story that I didn’t get a chance to write about in December.
Cindy was in Toronto to promote her book. I interviewed her for etalk at the Art Gallery of Ontario before her event, although I wasn’t the reporter originally scheduled for the assignment. I came to work that day in black jeans and a sweater and a pair of oxfords. I worked on our show, changed out of my show clothes, and then headed over to the interview. My point is that I was not wardrobe-prepared to interview Cindy Crawford. Specifically I was not wardrobe HEIGHT prepared.
Ten minutes before her arrival, while our cameraman was setting up the shot, and it was to be a standing interview, I realised, oh sh-t, he’s going to have a hard time framing us together because, well, I’m short. And she is not short. So we’re trying to find an apple box. And I’m seeing if I can stand on a stack of books. And at one point, I considered standing on a garbage bin laid sideways.
But then Cindy walks in the room, takes one look at me, and says to Andy, our cameraman, oh you’re not going to be able to get a good shot of us together, I’ll just take off my shoes. A minute later she was barefoot on a strange carpet, doing the interview with me, no complaints, because she is a F-CKING PRO.
I’ll love her forever for that.