What Would They Buy Now: Gia Carangi

What Would They Buy Now: Gia Carangi

IN THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF "WHAT WOULD THEY BUY NOW?" V PREDICT WHAT LEGENDARY SUPERMODEL GIA CARANGI WOULD SPLURGE ON TODAY

IN THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF "WHAT WOULD THEY BUY NOW?" V PREDICT WHAT LEGENDARY SUPERMODEL GIA CARANGI WOULD SPLURGE ON TODAY

Text: Tania Farouki

Amidst the 1970s high fashion scene when athletic, blonde and light-eyed bombshells ruled the ad campaigns and editorials, no one quite knew what was about to hit them: enter Gia, a face graced with deep, dark brown eyes, perfectly shaped eyebrows, luscious chestnut hair, a killer body and a personality to match. Once known as the 'exotic' beauty of the pack, Gia has made an impression set to last a lifetime.

Photographed by the greatest of visionary photographers such as Francesco Scavullo, Chris von Wangenheim and Helmut Newton among many others, there have been numerous attempts in trying to decipher this mystical personality, whose untimely and tragic death happened 30 years ago. But rather than look at the destructive lifestyle Gia eventually came to lead, we thought we would shed light on the late supermodel's underrated style.

Inimitably cool with the most brooding of personalities, what struck people most perhaps was Gia's dual identity: a beauty beyond words with an aura that was "reminiscent of James Dean", according to interviews in the brilliant and enlightening documentary The Self-Destruction of Gia (2003).

Notable for her fascinating masculine/feminine synergy, she was an avid fan of the basics. Read: black t-shirts, white blouses, jeans and biker jackets. So it would come to no surprise that come today, being the rebellious spirit she was so celebrated for, Gia would continue that legacy. Vetements and Off-White would be her go-to labels for the avant-garde streetwear, putting comfort above anything else. She would of course favor items intended for men--vintage Patek Philippe watches, Dior's Eau Sauvage fragrance--but we all know most of these items make a killer look for any sublime woman.

She would seek refuge in temples of techno for a night on the town such as Manhattan's newest Flash Factory, where she would dance the night away wearing metallic platform boots by Marc Jacobs while canoodling with the plethora of drag queens at the next table.  A free spirit, and yet still not coming to terms with the impact of her beauty, she would always be down for a good time.

The Shirt: Magda Butrym Bologna embroidered cotton shirt

The Fragrance: Dior 'Eau Sauvage' Parfum 

The Timepiece: Patek Philippe men's gold cushion watch, circa 1970s

The Jacket: Vetements color-block leather biker jacket

The Refuge: Flash Factory, 229 W 28th street, NY, NY 10001 (image via Thump

The Boots: Marc Jacobs metallic leather platform ankle boots

The Sleepwear: Raphaella Riboud 'Fred' lace-paneled silk-satin pyjama shorts

The Album: "Berghain 03 | Part 2" (Ostgut Ton, 2009)

The Pants: Off-White white zip dark panel girlfriend jeans

The Magazine: V62 featuring Natalie Portman photographed by Mario Testino

The T-Shirt: Vintage 1980s t-shirt

The Ride: Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

CANDIDS OF GIA CARANGI

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