As the fleeting, yet fabulous catwalk interlude at the Olympic Closing Ceremony proved, British fashion is pure gold. Boasting strength from seasoned superstars such as Kate Moss, Stella Tennant and Naomi Campbell as well as up and coming models Georgia May Jagger and Jourdan Dunn, the nine strong squad proved themselves to be more than a match for any nation. Furthermore, their glistening golden dresses demonstrated how British designers could give anyone a run for a Fashion Olympics gold too.
The show began with eight black trucks arriving into the Olympic Stadium to the strains of David Bowie’s hit ‘Fashion’. Each truck pulled a black and white billboard, featuring images of the models, hinting at what was to come. These billboards then fell away to reveal the gold clad stars. With the exception of David Gandy (the only male model in attendance, in a lurex sheened Paul Smith suit), all braved the catwalk in sky high heels.
Lily Cole (in Erdem), Karen Elson (in Burberry), Stella Tennant (in Christopher Kane), Lily Donaldson (in Vivienne Westwood) and Georgia May Jagger (in Victoria Beckham, who would later take to the same stage with the Spice Girls) looked beautiful alongside Jourdan Dunn, who walked with David Gandy wearing Jonathan Saunders.
All eyes, however were on two of British fashion’s most celebrated stars, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. Though they both claim to be in semi-retirement from catwalk shows, they shone in their Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gowns. Kate in a sparkling bias cut, silk lined show stopper of a gown and Naomi in metalwork-bodied, tulle trained warrior queen’s wedding dress.
Had you gone to make a cup of tea, you may have missed it, but fashion’s moment in the Olympic spotlight was met with a thunderous reception at the stadium, and was certainly 18 carat fun, if nothing else.
The segment was styled by Lucinda Chambers, Vogue magazine’s fashion editor who said of the evening, “It’s incredible that Britain, such a tiny country, has such a broad range of talent in fashion, and that’s what we wanted to show. We’re known for bonkers fashion, but what I hope came across is that these designers make beautiful clothes…that people would want to wear.”
You can read more about the model’s Olympic ensembles in the September issue of Vogue