New York City Girl

(Ph: Lauren Paris)

After a successful tour in Europe, Claudia Schiffer conquers NYC

By: Harel Sharon

Yes! It was Karl Lagerfeld who said: "When Claudia first appeared in the fashion scene, it was like sunrise, and the sun keeps shining." So is there anything she cannot do? Although she has been present for 30 years in the world of fashion, Claudia is still one of the most sought after faces, and with a successful modeling career and few memorable movie appearances ("Love Actually", "The Blackout", "Black and White" and more) she can now add to her resume writer and shoe designer, not to mention her new Makeup collection with Artdeco cosmetics.

Claudia arrived in NYC last week, to proudly present her new book celebrating her 30 year career (Rizzoli) alongside her successful collaboration with Italian luxury shoe brand Aquazzura. And if she wasn't busy enough, she has been immortalized with her very own Barbie doll, made in her likeness (Decked out in a gold Versace dress with matching shoes, the Barbie’s blonde hair is styled into a crimped ‘do) and as always, I was there to ask a few questions for our readers.

So why did you decide to collaborate with this particular shoe designer? – Edgardo Osorio

Well, it was partly because of our chemistry and mutual friends, and partly because of his immense talent and our similar taste in fashion. Creating this collection with him was a real pleasure – and I hope that the women who wear it will experience the same sense of satisfaction.

How did you decide on the style and colors? Tell me about the inspiration behind it

My fashion policy is: try new things, but always be true to your own style. So I wanted to have a shoe to match each outfit. One for daytime, one for a cocktail party, one for work and so on. I think there is something for everyone in this 8 piece capsule collection.

"Claudia is not only one of the most iconic women in the world, but after so many years of working in this industry she also has an incredible eye for fashion. It was very exciting to work together to create a perfect shoe wardrobe that we both love." Says designer Edgardo Osorio on the partnership.

In addition to Aquazzura's own boutiques, this capsule collection has already begun to land on both the physical and virtual shelves of high-end stores like Net-a-porter and Saks Fifth Avenue.

On Thursday, Claudia made a public appearance at no other then the PUBLIC hotel in NYC, where she hang out with her fans in a book signing event, with a very special guest – legendary fashion photographer Arthur Elgort. The 175 photographs chosen for her book, also include the likes of Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Klein, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Herb Ritts, Francesco Scavullo, Mario Testino and Ellen von Unwerth, perhaps for whom she has posed the most. Together they made the mythical campaigns for Guess with images in which Schiffer emanates an elegant sensuality that resembles Brigitte Bardot.

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