From Naomi falling off her high heels on the catwalk in the ’90s, to paint being thrown at Anna Wintour by anti-fur protesters in Paris; the spectacular runway sets are often just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dramatic sights seen at Fashion Week!
1. Madonna Goes Bare for Gaultier
Never one to shy away from the limelight, the Material Girl showed us all what she’d been hiding behind those cone shaped bras, by parading up and down the catwalk topless in a bondage style outfit for risqué designer Jean Paul Gaultier in 1992.
2. Naomi Campbell’s Fall From Grace
The original supermodel took fashion’s first tumble by spectacularly falling off her Vivienne Westwood heels during the London show in 1993. Cue gasps of horror from the crowd.
3. Fashion Goes Plus Size
Curvy model Sophie Dahl walked the runway in 1997. Sadly this sent shockwaves throughout the industry, who were at the peak of the heroin chic movement.
4. Come Fly With Me
In 1997, Designer Andrew Groves sent a model down the catwalk with a jacket containing hoards of flies, moments before unleashing them into a horrified crowd at London Fashion Week.
5. Fashion Gets Political
Designer Katherine Hamnett gathered celebrities such as Jodie Kidd to walk down the catwalk wearing t-shirts emblazoned with political slogans like ‘Stop The War, Blair Out’; making instant front-page news around the globe.
6. Andrej Made Her Entrance
Transgender Andrej Pejic walked the Womenswear catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier in 2011, bending fashion’s previously rigid gender rules.
7. Gothic Tribute at McQueen
A ghostly hologram of Kate Moss was projected onto the catwalk during the Alexander McQueen show in 2006 – a mere six months after the model’s cocaine scandal had rocked the industry and a nod to her imminent return to the fashion circuit.
8. A Final Farewell At Hermes
Known for having a penchant for the dramatics; live horses were used on stage during the SS/11 show in an eight strong dressage ring, with models dressed in jodhpurs, as Jean Paul Gaultier brought out all the stops for his final farewell at the helm of Hermes.
9. Has Fashion Gone Too Far?
One of the most shocking catwalk moments came when super-thin model Chloe Memisevic walked the runway for Erdem in 2011, once again sparking off the ‘too skinny’ debate.
10. Kate Moss Lights Up The Catwalk
The Brit born model made a political point of lighting up a cigarette while closing the AW/11 Louis Vuitton show, on National No-Smoking Day.
11. It All Comes Crashing Down
The lighting actually fell from the ceiling during the Diane Von Furstenberg show in 2006, right on top of Fashion Editor Hilary Alexander.
12. Shock Tactics from PETA
PETA protesters walked the streets on the eve of London Fashion Week in 2012, carrying half-skinned, dead foxes like clutches, to shockingly demonstrate the brutal manufacturing of fur handbags and coats.
13. Fall Of The FROW
Front row benches carrying Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfield and Mario Testino collapsed during the Balenciaga show in 2012 and they all fell (unfashionably) to the floor. Major fashion faux-pas!
14. There She Goes Again
Agyess Deyn toppled off her giant Burberry heels during a Haiti Relief Effort show in 2010, mimicking the show’s organiser Naomi Campbell. If that wasn’t bad enough, a few steps later she did the same thing again. Luckily Henry Holland’s BFF could see the funny side, and wisely finished the show sans shoes.
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Source: Marie Claire Fashion News