Look Like Claudia Schiffer in Cashmere




With temperatures soaring of late, one can’t help but be tempted by thoughts of the cool air and cozy wardrobe of fall. So supermodel Claudia Schiffer’s first foray into retail clothing design, is right on time. The line of cashmere knitwear, designed in conjunction with German cashmere specialist Iris von Armin, just hit U.S. stores after debuting at Paris Fashion Week this spring.

The 30 pieces in the collection—luxe knit dresses, classic cardigans, slouchy pullovers—make clear that the German-born, London-based Schiffer’s time in front of the lens has allowed her to learn a little something about high-quality fashion and the design process. “I’ve learned a tremendous amount over the years by watching designers work,” she says. “I now have a good understanding of what sits well on the body, not to mention the importance of a great cut and quality.” The color palette of the knitwear—dark grays, midnight blues—is both chic and somber, a nod to the darker, colder days of autumn and winter. The final product is a blissful intersection between comfort and elegance, pieces that can be thrown on in the morning and effortlessly look chic all day.

Though it might be daunting to imagine yourself in the clothes that super-babe Schiffer models in the lookbook, the line, the designer says, was created to be easy to wear for “every woman. I imagined a woman who has a love for fashion and wants to look and feel good about herself, but who doesn’t allow trends to dictate her style. She has an appreciation for quality and wants to invest in items that can be worn over a number of seasons.”

Cashmere was the natural choice for Schiffer’s first collection because it’s her favorite material: “It’s the first thing I always look for to buy, and I already had strong ideas about what to do with it.” She plans to look into mixing it up for Spring/Summer 2012, though for now, cashmere is the premise of her label. But, by Schiffer’s own admission, “Who knows what the future holds for me?” Based on this debut, a lot, it seems.