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Christy Turlington

November 5, 2016

Another of the 90s influential fashion supermodels is Christy Turlington. Most widely known for starring in the 1989 Calvin Klein Eternity campaign, this supermodel became a household name within the fashion industry. Alongside other supermodels of the time including Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista, she became a famous face for many international campaigns.

A model on a mission

American born, Christie Turlington was discovered at a young age and went onto to model full-time in New York city. Her career has seen her grace the covers of national magazines and plenty famous designer campaigns. She was cast in George Michael’s music video Freedom in 1990 but had also starred in Duran Duran’s music video Notorious four years before. Her face is synonymous with the cover of Vogue, having featured in this international magazine since the 1980s.

Unlike some of the other supermodels of the 1980s and 90s, Christy Turlington’s life was without major controversy. Her humanitarian work and charity work was a significant highlight during her modelling career and still remains an important part of her life since stepping back from the modelling industry.

90s fashion models - christy turlington

Supermodels of the 1990s

 

Christy Turlington is the ultimate yogi and an all round inspirational person. Once known for her Calvin Klein underwear campaign and modelling career, Christy is now a major figure in charitable and advocacy work around the globe.

Christy Turlington’s passions

Yoga has been a major force in aiding Christy into becoming the woman, wife and mother she is today and she practices everyday to keep a well-balanced outlook on life and her work. In 2010 Christy Turlington founded Every Mother Counts (EMC) which is a charity dedicated to aiding prevention of maternal deaths. Her humanitarian side shines through, with Christy dedicating her time and effort into providing support and help to women in their time of need.

Sustainable living and fairer practices are another cause Christy Turlington is passionate about. Issues in the fashion industry such as the collapse in the Rana Plaza Bangladesh garment factory hit home the importance of striving for an ethical, sustainable and fairer working environment for women trying to provide for their families.

Christy Turlington speaking at Fortune Most Powerful Women 2012

Christy Turlington speaking at Fortune Most Powerful Women 2012

 

Model Christy alongside actress Amber Valletta are actively campaigning for better practice in eastern societies. As a large percentage of the textile industry is produced in Bangladesh and China, it is here the message is most important. Women are working long hours with little pay to provide the western world with fashionable throwaway clothing and activists Turlington and Valletta play an important role in educating women about health and their rights as women.

Ethical and thoughtful living is a key point in Turlington’s lifestyle and yoga has provided a stronger outlook on what is important in making yourself a better, well-rounded person. Christy said ‘It’s about equanimity of any moment, no matter how hard. You find that first on the mat, and then the mat is everywhere’.

Christy Turlington’s style file

This iconic 90s supermodel has always been an advocacy of simple and classic style. She also loves relaxed and comfortable sportswear looks. Throughout the years she has graced red carpet events in stunning ensembles that can be beautifully recreated for a modern look. Whether that’s a chic black dress, beautiful floral patterns, tailored suits or fresh from the gym style. Take a look at how your can recreate Christy Turlington look from early 90s trends to modern classic style.

90s trends

Iconic 90s pieces are a major trend in modern fashion right now and Christy Turlington shows us how to do a chic little black dress with ease. Beautifully plunging necklines matched with statement accessories pairs perfectly with this sleek look. Another fabulous 90s trend that is key for autumn/winter 2016 is the shimmery shades of metallic. You can recreate the looks of this vintage decade with modern and vintage fashion examples. From glitzy dresses, sequined tops and shimmer styles. Platforms are another great way to emphasis this look giving a feminine yet grungy outfit.

Christy Turlington in Elle 1999

Christy Turlington in Elle 1999

Casual meets tailored

Comfort is key with this look yet that doesn’t mean you can’t look smart at the same time. Casual skinny jeans matched with tailored jackets in neutral shades are a great way to create easy and wearable fashion. Matching this style with a pop of colour adds a subtle statement to this simple style.

christy turlington - Simple everyday styling

Simple everyday styling

Sportswear styles

Christy has always been a fan of comfortable yet fashionable sportswear styles. In modern trends, this has been recreated in 90s pieces coming back to life. Vintage bomber jackets, vintage Levi jeans and vintage Converse trainers are a great way to get this iconic look. There are plenty of colours and styles to choose from so you can easily match your tastes and personality to this statement trend.

christy turlington 90s sportwear trends

90s sportswear trends

Statement suits

Power dressing is an iconic style for that edgy feminine look. Previous trends have seen sharp tailoring with a ladylike touch highlighting this key look. Christy Turlington has made this trend an easy style to transform from work-wear to evening-wear with subtle yet classy touches. This strong look is another focus in modern society with powerful female roles giving life to power dressing. You can recreate this look with plenty of vintage suits. Look out for the perfect pinstripe that pairs beautifully with great tailoring.

christy turlington modelling beautiful suits for classic tailoring

Beautiful suits for classic tailoring

 

Taking a step back from the modeling world has seen Christy Turlington pursue a range of studies that are aiding her knowledge and understanding for humanitarian work. She will always be known as a key feature during the reign of the 90s supermodels. She will also continue to show how simple and contemporary styling can look beautiful from day to evening. Christy’s work and influence remains a key feature in the fashion industry. It’s easy to recreate her looks with a range of vintage 90s fashion trends, perfect for modern styling.

 

 

 

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