Fashion's calling: A look back at the industry's cell phone obsession

Fashion's obsession with cell phones
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Fashion's calling: A look back at the industry's cell phone obsession
Karl Lagerfeld takes photos on his cell at the end of his Chanel Spring 2013 Couture collection show in Paris.
Backstage at Giambattista Valli's Spring 2007 show.
Hanne Gaby Odiele snapped in Paris at the Fall 2013 shows.
Candy Pratts Price and Anna Wintour talk on their cell phones at the Michael Kors Spring 2004 fashion show at Bryant Park. Brooke Shields must have missed the memo.
Backstage at the Michael Kors Fall 2003 show.
Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway with her iPhone during a prep session for the Prabal Gurung Spring 2014 show.
We’ll take your picture if you take ours? Models captured on the streets with their phones out during the Fall 2013 season.
Backstage at the Gucci Spring 2006 show.
A typical scene at runway shows these days…Everyone has their devices out and ready to snap away.
Carine Roitfeld attends the Gucci Spring 2011 fashion show during Milan fashion week, with Emmanuelle Alt to her left.
Before "selfie" was even a word…Models mug for their flip-phone cameras before the Armani Spring 2005 show.
"Say cheese!" Anna Dello Russo and Giovanna Battaglia capture a moment on the streets in New York during the Spring 2014 season.
Patricia Field attends Tuleh's Spring 2006 runway show at Bryant Park.
At the Spring 2001 Valentino show.
A bold look with a cell phone to match, at the Spring 2015 menswear shows.
Karen Elson chats it up backstage at the Fall 2000 Oscar de la Renta show.

Take a glance at nearly any front-row or street-style shot these days and there's one accessory that just about everyone is clutching: a cell phone. From the days of those brick-sized contraptions-from the Nokia Razr flip phone, to the T-Mobile Sidekick, to the BlackBerry, and then to the nearly global conversion to the Apple iPhone-it's become the item we can't live without. (Just take a look around you at a runway show as the lights are dimmed before the final walk-it's an epidemic of cell phones in the air.)

How fitting that Apple is set to host a catwalk show this afternoon at its big product launch in Cupertino, where the tech giant will be revealing its new wearable tech product and the iPhone 6 in front of top fashion editors and bloggers. In honor of the newest iteration of the iPhone, we take a look back at some of our favorite fashion insiders over the years as they call, text, tweet, shoot selfies, or do whatever they were doing before Instagram existed. Did it really happen if it wasn't Instagrammed? Apparently, it did.

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