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Cindy Crawford and daughter Kaia Gerber surprise audience at Off-White show in Paris

<i>Estrop/Getty Images</i><br/>Kaia Gerber walks the runway during the Off-White Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2022 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on February 28
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Kaia Gerber walks the runway during the Off-White Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2022 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on February 28

Nick Remsen, CNN

The stars shone brightly at Off-White’s Fall-Winter 2022 show, with fashion and celebrity powerhouses Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Serena Williams, Karlie Kloss, Naomi Campbell and Joan Smalls all walking for the label.

But it was another high-profile model moment that stole the limelight: mother-and-daughter duo Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber making a rare appearance on the same catwalk.

Wearing a set of dressier looks from Off-White’s latest collection — which was designed, in large part, by its late founder Virgil Abloh — the pair turned heads on Paris Fashion Week’s opening day.

Crawford wore a tiered tulle skirt in dusty pink, a cropped blazer and a graphic, spliced tee. Gerber (pictured top) wore an exaggerated pouf mini-and-tee combo, complete with towering sandals (the shoes’ heels depicted candlesticks).

Dubbed “Spaceship Earth,” the presentation saw models walking across a large white square at the Palais Brongniart, while a sizable prop chandelier anchored the room. The semi-monolithic household finery offered hints of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Yet the clothes were less conceptual and more grounded in the visual trademarks established by Abloh in the decade since founding his company. There were plenty of cutaway and layered tulle dresses and skirts à la Crawford’s, while spiky-eared hats and varsity jackets were accompanied by the designer’s signature motif: quotation-marked phrases. Jenner wore a sparkling noir mini printed with the words “Little Black Dress,” while two models stood on the runway with flags bearing the phrase “Question Everything.”

The show also boasted the introduction of a “couture” line featuring more ornate, hand-made pieces.

It has been reported that Off-White’s owners, LVMH and New Guards Group, are hoping to continue Abloh’s vision while building the brand into a multi-billion-dollar business. The late designer had a keen and curious aesthetic eye, but was just as engaged in popular culture, which helped to garner the label’s mass appeal through a constellation of famous friends and faces.

Whoever fills his creative shoes will need to continue striking this balance between zeitgeist-y clothes and zeitgeist-y people. With the likes of Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Pharrell Williams and Idris Elba in attendance Monday, the brand may already be on its way.

Top image caption: Kaia Gerber walks the Off-White runway during Paris Fashion Week on February 28, 2022 in Paris, France.

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