Silence in the room, light, action. The feverish anticipation at fashion shows is always filled with the desire to get to know the cast, not just the clothes. Which models – or top models – were chosen to present the collection?
If it is quite easy to bet on the favorites of the fashion house (see the section “The Hadid Sisters for Donatella Versace”), it is much more difficult to predict which stars will take to the podium. They will always march. But when it happens, like in 25 times what we suggest below, the surprise effect is truly amazing. Becoming the perfect frame for a fashion moment that is destined to be remembered forever.
Although the close relationship between fashion houses and celebrities is driven by commercial goals, it can also be considered a natural extension of the stylistic signature of designers, which moves from the atelier to the fashion show and then explodes into the images of the stars. on the red carpet. However, fashion often changes this cycle, bringing celebrities, friends of fashion houses, straight to the catwalk.
Among the first examples in the history of fashion shows we include Audrey Hepburn, a great friend of Hubert de Givenchy.: “It was he who created my image, my genre (style), my silhouette,” said the actress, known for her leading role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “In his clothes I’m no longer afraid of anything.”
The friendship between Audrey Hepburn and Hubert Givenchy is similar to the friendship between Dua Lipa and Donatella Versace is it at the current historical moment? There may be many more relationships in which designers and celebrities share an aesthetic in such a visceral way. Like the one in between Kim Kardashian and Demna, creative director of Balenciagaor that one – also Kim – with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (so much so that she walked the runway for both brands). Or like friendship between Madonna and Jean Paul Gaultiercapturing one of the most debauched and irreverent moments in the name of the #FreeTheNipples movement (Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes Leon, often appears in the cast of fashion shows these days).
Not only celebrities, but also members of the royal family: in 2007 Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice walked the catwalk at a charity fashion show Fashion for relief during London Fashion Week. Who knows what she thought then Queen Elizabethat that time, she had no idea what would happen to her in 2018: Her Majesty the Queen on the podium she would have actually gotten there, but she sat in the front row next to Anna Wintour to present Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design English designer Richard Quinn.
Among the last royal affairs we remember the time when Charlotte Casiraghi – Chanel Ambassador – opened the show of the French fashion house Haute Couture spring-summer 2022 on the back of a horse. Whether we like it or not, this fashion moment was truly the result of a friendship with creative director Virginie Viard, as well as a tribute to founder Coco, who had a passion for the world of equestrian sports.
There are celebrities who return to the runway to remember an epic, symbolic moment from the past: the history of the famous Jungle Dress from Versace. Here the pop star is an accomplice Jennifer Lopez, who first wore it at the 2000 Grammy Awards. In 2019, at the Versace spring-summer 2020 show at Milan Fashion Week, Donatella Versace wanted to give back Jenny from the block on the catwalk in a “Jungle” dress, repeating the version from twenty years ago. And breathtaking was an understatement.
Below, we take a look at 25 celebrities who took to the runway.