Supermodels in Yeezy — what could be a more internet-breaking concept for a photo shoot? For CR Girls 2016, a special supplement to CR Fashion Book’s eighth issue, Carine Roitfeld corralled 20 of her favorite models (including Gigi Hadid, shown here giving bad-Sandy realness), all wearing Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 2 wares, for a 48-page portfolio shot by Sante D’Orazio. Also starring in the shoot: Joan Smalls, Lineisy Montero, Lily Donaldson, Bella Hadid, Caroline Vreeland, Irina Shayk, and Roitfeld’s daughter, Julia. The book doesn’t hit newsstands until February 26, but in honor of the Yeezy Season 3 show looming Thursday, CR exclusively shared a couple of preview images with the Cut (see here for more) and Carine Roitfeld spoke with us about the genesis of the project.
What made you decide to do a shoot based around one designer and to select the Yeezy collection for that shoot?
I really liked his last collection and liked the sportswear inspiration. The main thing I liked in his last show was the diversity with all the different girls and the way they were wearing this collection. I decided to make this shoot very sexy, the way I used to shoot my calendars, like the one I did with Steven Meisel for Pirelli — using oversized clothes and sportswear mixed with high heels by Gianvito Rossi, and reflecting the military mood of Kanye’s show. His show inspired me with the form of the girls, too — they all looked tough but sexy.
What was Kanye’s creative involvement on the project ?
Kanye introduced me to [Instagram-famous Yeezy model] Amina Blue and showed me the casting for his show. He gave me access to his entire collection for my shoot.
How did you decide to cast the models? I know many of these girls, like Gigi, have been longtime favorites of yours.
I like them all! I am very loyal to models I like. From Julia, my daughter and love forever, to my new girl, Amina Blue.