Cindy Crawford at the ’House of Style’ goodbye party in 1995.
Season: 7 Episode: 45
Title: Cindy’s Last Show
Original Airdate: 12/18/95
Appearances: Anna Sui, Todd Oldham, Kurt Loder, Kevyn Aucoin
RISE OF THE SUPERMODEL: CINDY LEAVES ’HOUSE OF STYLE’
For most of us, Cindy Crawford was the most memorable House of Style host, so it’s with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to the supermodel as she turns 30. I only bring up her age because she does, and in this segment from Cindy’s going-away party, she jokes that it’s not that she’s too good for videotape (she was pursuing a film career at the time), but that she’s too old for it. True to Cindy’s low-key style, she tries on a number of dresses that were called in for the occasion, but ends up wearing her own clothes. Her cropped shirt and pants are Gucci and her glam squad chat as she gets ready.
Cindy arrives alone, cracking jokes the whole time, and checks in with designer and HOS regular Anna Sui. Losing a longtime host can be a tumultuous change for a show, and the two talk about the impact House of Style has had on the fashion community. “Well, I think it’s brought fashion into the home,” says Sui. “I think it’s given us the recognition that we probably never would have gained without being on. And I think it’s given us a whole new audience.”
Another show favorite, makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin, talks about his favorite moment: the time Todd Oldham interviewed him. He mentions how pleased he was that he’d kissed Todd on the cheek and that the moment hadn’t been edited out. Cindy then checks with her MTV family—Kurt Loder, Doug Herzog (head of programming at the time), and Frankie the cameraman. Cindy cites her own favorite moments: clowning around with Tracey Ullman, getting teased by Will Smith, Naomi Campbell applying zit cream to her face, and going shopping with Duran Duran at Sears.
+ WATCH CINDY CRAWFORD’S HIGHLIGHTS AS A HOST ON ’HOUSE OF STYLE: MUSIC, MODELS, AND MTV’
It is the end of the era, in that Cindy Crawford’s ascension to stardom coincided with the first couple of years of House of Style. The big-haired, bodacious, buxom goddess is no longer the desirable aesthetic ideal of the late ’80s and the early ’90s. Shoulder pads have been traded for flannel shirts, the supermodel has been usurped by the waif, musicians and skaters are making fashion and power has shifted from the European runways to the street. It’s sad to see Cindy go, but it’s exciting to see what’s next.
+ WATCH CINDY’S FAVORITE ’HOUSE OF STYLE’ MOMENTS
DEMYSTIFYING STYLE: CINDY CRAWFORD’S BLOOPER REEL
An outtake from Cindy’s tenure as host of ’House of Style.’
Being a host can have a slew of hilarious moments. Watch Cindy’s evolution as a television host in a series of outtakes, from spaz-outs to laughing fits to getting bundled up in massive blankets between takes. Note that, by the end, Cindy 86es some of the more “cheesy” stuff.
+ WATCH CINDY’S BLOOPER REEL