Kaia Gerber looks like mother Cindy Crawford in Alaïa


Written by the author Leah Dolan, CNN

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Over the weekend, model and actress Kaia Gerber attended the 2nd Annual Hollywood Academy Museum Gala in Los Angeles in a timeless, slightly understated Alaïa black mesh turtleneck top paired with a deep purple skirt. The look created quite a buzz online, with Twitter users calling the combination of Gerber’s silky, bouncy bangs and soft, earth-toned glam — complete with lilac eyeshadow — a striking resemblance to mom Cindy Crawford.

One of “The Big Six” — the affectionate nickname for the group of 1990s supermodels that also featured Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista and Claudia Schiffer — Crawford’s career was one of America’s most successful and popular models. 14 years before he officially quit the game in 2000. Her daughter with American businessman Rande Gerber, now 21-year-old Kaia Gerber, was born in September 2001, two years after her brother Presley.

It didn’t take long for Gerber to follow in her mother’s footsteps, shooting her first campaign for Versace at 10 and appearing in Italian Vogue at 14 (Presley Gerber also had a brief stint in the industry as a teenager). Since then, Gerber’s star has risen on the modeling scene, and her career has already seen plenty of parallels with her famous mother — the two have walked for Versace, Chanel, Michael Kors and Valentino, and have numerous Vogue covers under their belts. They have also starred together in a couple. “I never thought in my life that our professional lives would collide like this,” Crawford told Vogue in 2019, after the pair walked the Versace Spring/Summer 2018 runway together.

Dressed in a sheer Alaiïa look (left) for the Los Angeles Academy’s 2nd Annual Museum Gala, Gerber bore an uncanny resemblance to her mother, Cindy Crawford. Here, Crawford wore a similar black maxi dress to the 10th Annual MTV Video Music Awards in 1993 (right). Credit: Getty Images

Comparisons between Gerber and Crawford are by no means new – on Gerber’s Instagram, any photo featuring her mother is usually flooded with comments calling her a “clone” or “twin” of the young model Crawford. Entire articles have been devoted to chronicling all the times the pair looked alike, but those moments are most compelling when Gerber, whether on purpose or not, echoes her mother’s style. At the 75th Cannes Film Festival in May, Gerber wore a minimalist Celine turtleneck in fire truck red – the straps and color reminiscent of Giorgio Saint’Angelo’s 1992 fall-winter 1992 look. the outfit was layered with meaning: from the gorgeous ’90s sheer fabric — loved that decade by Moss, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez and Drew Barrymore, among others — to its sleek side sections and train (a Gen Z TikToker knows). “Cindy Crawford Hair”).

The choice of label was also a nod to her mother — Gerber’s dress was from fashion label Alaïa’s Spring-Summer 2023 collection; The late label founder Azzedine Alaïa booked Crawford continuously from the late ’80s through the ’90s. “Alaïa was my uniform for many years,” Crawford told e-commerce platform Net-A-Porter in 2018. “I would always throw in a black Alaïa dress when traveling, you never know when you might need that dress.”

The combination of hair, makeup and styling set the internet alight;  Many Twitter users referred to Gerber as his mother. "clone"

The combination of hair, makeup and styling set the internet alight; Many Twitter users called Gerber a “clone” of her mother. Credit: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

The fashion world’s obsession with ’90s style shows no signs of slowing down, and the sheer trend in particular has even seen a resurgence. On the runways this season, designers were playing with perspective through translucent tailoring, from Coperni’s sage green, show-stopping tops at Paris Fashion Week to Chanel’s sheer inversion of the classic skirt – complete with a fully sheer knit blouse. neckline and two well-placed knit pockets. Vintage mesh is also having a moment. Inspired by Gen Z style icons Bella Hadid, Dua Lipa and Kylie Jenner, tops printed with loud clashing patterns are considered the height of style. Archival Jean-Paul Gaultier mesh tops filled with light in contrasting collages, for example, now sell for upwards of $300 on resale apps like Depop.

Instead of jumping on the trend, Gerber kept it classic and minimal; after all, she only had to rummage through her mother’s closet to pull out the best the decade had to offer.