Last night, Interview joined Carol Alt, Pat Cleveland, and a host of other fashion-industry veterans at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar. The occasion? An intimate screening of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders's documentary, About Face, Supermodels Then and Now, shown as part of the Rose Bar's Screenings series.
The bar's velvety seating was rearranged from its usual bohemian layout to face the projector screen, which descended only after a couple hours of cocktails and reconnections by candlelight. "These are my girls!" Cleveland squealed to us when we caught up with her at the bar. "We've been up the hill and down the hill. I'm just touched that they're still alive!" Alt laughed in good humor.
"It wasn't just about their physical beauty. They had character, they had personality, they had something inside that came through," Calvin Klein insists at the beginning of HBO's documentary About Face, Supermodels Then and Now. And that they did: every one of the women interviewed, from Carmen Dell'Orefice to Paulina Porizkova, had the crowd at the Rose Bar laughing at their candid reflections on life spent in the modeling industry. Pre-Kloss, pre-Kerr, and pre-Klum, they came up on the catwalks of a markedly different era. The feathers, the dancing, the dramatic arm twirls—it all looked garishly foreign from the dimly lit interior of the bar. But that was the fun of it, and the same brazen attitude made its way into their on-screen reminiscence, totally unafraid, and even happy, to discuss old relationships with drug use and new ones with plastic surgery.
Sanders told us he was interested in answering his own questions about aging. "In a world with so much insecurity built in, what were these women like? Were they wrecks? Were they strong? Were they confident?" It's safe to say he has his answer.—Zack Etheart