It’s been 30 years since Duran Duran’s first release and subsequent world-beating ways, crafting a sleek, designer-pop that sounded expensive and fashionable, indulgent and sexy and just a bit reckless, a long line of gourmet cocaine trailing down a slick Parisian catwalk. Of course, that makes them a little long in the tooth and in a phase of their careers that celebrates those ’80s/’90s world-beating ways. And so the answer, here, is to round up a bunch of old supermodels — ones you’d recognize by name and face, like Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen, Yasmin Le Bon, and topshelf nutjob Naomi Campbell — to make a matching set of old band and old glamour. Which could possibly sound depressing, except here’s the thing about old ’80s/’90s supermodels: They’re still at least 80/90 times more sexy than us. (Really I mean me, but I’m lumping you into this because chances are the most “rays” you get are those emitted from your monitor screen, too.) And Duran Duran, for their part, sound convincingly like the glam juggernaut of their glory days, which was a winning template to begin with. It’s up to you to decide whether their sound or these models has aged well in this here nine-minute “short film” for “Girl Panic!” It was filmed in The Savoy in London and has a prominent product placement deal with Swarovski crystals. Duran Duran play like, bell boys and waitstaff. The models play Duran Duran. Award winning human Jonas Åkerlund directs. Apparently Dolce and Gabanna are in there, as the Harper’s editors. They make good cologne.
Who wore it* better?
* it = the past two decades.