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Vintage News | Kate Moss in Never-Before-Seen Footage

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Watching young Kate Moss, dotted with freckles and sand, blink against the sun is cause for déjà vu. We’ve seen this somehow before—those delicate, clasped arms and hair raked with seawater—only this time, unguarded, she lets out a wordless flicker of exasperation directed at her boyfriend behind the camera, a momentary fissure swept away by the next frame.

Seen here for the first time, this dreamlike glimpse of the nascent supermodel is part of a cache of outtakes shot by Mario Sorrenti in 1993 for Calvin Klein’s Obsession. That iconic fragrance campaign pivoted on an idea radical in its simplicity: Instead of fabricating romance for marketing’s sake, what if you document it? Klein himself tapped the rising photographer and muse—then inseparable and in love—sending the couple off to Jost Van Dyke, in the British Virgin Islands, where they camped out at a beachfront ruin for 10 days. “I was 20, she was 18," Sorrenti recalls in a velvety voiceover in this 16mm clip, describing a moment drenched in freedom and possibility. "We had nothing to lose."

The souvenirs they brought back—reams of black-and-white images showing Moss at her most elementally magnetic—defined a generation. The Obsession campaign swept billboards and buses; Sorrenti remembers going to friends' parties at the time and seeing the magazine ads pasted on the walls. That infatuation hasn't faded. "When I post a picture of Kate from that period on Instagram," he explains, "people go crazy over it." It's fitting, then, that designer Raf Simons's first fragrance at helm of Calvin Klein pays tribute to that original romance and the world's collective fascination with it. Launching July 1, the new Obsessed for Women will be released with a suite of never-before-seen video cuts and photos from the 1993 shoot. (The bottle—unadorned, monochromatic—continues the homage.) Raw and transfixing, with a shade of voyeurism that feels novel in an era of visual overload, the perfume campaign exudes a quiet force amid conversations about authenticity—and promises to linger awhile.

Calvin Klein Obsessed for Women launches July 1 on macys.com.

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