My friend Gregory Brown always had a nose for good deals. Back in the day it was hard to leave my eagles nest perched on top of Manhattan on the 67th floor of the Olympic Towers. However Mr. Brown had a way. It was a telephone call , “TK, you gotta come down here, just come down and see what is happening I want you to meet the Marciano brothers”.
Arriving at the Guess company office the smell of perfume was potent. The scene was better than any bar or club in Manhattan. Scantly clad stunningly beautiful girls where running around doing fittings. It was beauty and fun all wrapped up in Guess. A model walked up half naked and tantalized me with a “hi”, her beauty was too much to bear, as if this beauty was gagging you, so you couldn’t breath. I looked at Gregory, and said, “are you kidding me!”, Gregory laughed “I told you,” and grabbed my arm to direct me to one of the Marciano brothers.
The brother were looking for some investment to expand. Why come up to Olympic Tower when you can bring the lamb to slaughter to talk about investing with half naked, provocative sexy girls running around. The strategy was definitely working.
So here we are 30 years of sexy Guess. Claudia Schiffer the model from Germany was discovered on the pages of Guess 23 years ago. The super model, now 41, returns to Guess to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary. Claudia Schiffer, who was just 17 when she first started modeling for Guess, was a household name in the 1990s, has appeared on over 700 magazine covers, and had an estimated worth of $55 million in 2002.
Ellen von Unwerth the Guess photographer also a German had a turning point in her career with the photo shoot of Claudia Schiffer.
Daniela my ex, also a German was discovered at the age of 15 in Germany and at 16 became the “Guess Girl” launching her career. Being a “Guess Girl” was no small thing. If you where a “Guess Girl” you ruled New York.
Marciano said:”[Schiffer] was a turning point of Guess, she was a turning point of Ellen’s career, Guess was a turning point of a life for Claudia… It made her career in my view, and that made Guess a different company. Everybody talked about the Guess Girl.”
Over the course of the 30 years these three Germans where launched into the fashion world by the one company that dazzled me by simply being sexy. Here are the looks of Guess made by three girls from Germany.