Paris Fashion Week – Vivienne Westwood fall 2016 Presentation
On a stage like Paris fashion week runway where nip-slips are pretty normal (whether on purpose or accident) it hardly is news, anymore, when one happens. Even if it happens in the world’s most prestigious catwalk show i.e., Paris Fashion Week. But what happened on the night of March 5, 2016 at Vivienne Westwood’s ready-to-wear fall 2016 presentation is more than news.
It was day 5 of Paris Fashion Week where legendary designer Vivienne Westwood was presenting her fall collection along with collaborator Andreas Kronthale. When one of the models wearing Vivienne’s creation – a knitted garment- had a nasty wardrobe malfunction leaving her right breast exposed.
But what happened after the expose is something that will go down in runway history as one of the most touchingly beautiful fashion moment.
The 74-year-old grey-haired designer jumped from her seat and rushed towards the runway and embraced the shell-shocked model. The British designer quickly helped the model cover up and adjusted the garment.
Nip-slips? Sure their occurrence is quite often, if not regular. And probably that’s why the brunette model kept walking like a pro despite the embarrassment before she realized that’s not how it should be and that the designer herself is up there to the rescue.
It is gestures like these that can eliminate the shallowness attached to the fashion industry. What could be more comforting and reassuring for models than to have the creator of the dress come to rescue to help them deal with the malfunction and complete the walk with some dignity.
Designers may be too big or professional to interrupt their show to help a model but what Vivienne Westwood did is an example that has only made our love for her grow exponentially.