Good news for the girls... It looks like runway tumbles are an equal-opportunity employer.
Just ask this male model at Vivienne Westwood during the menswear fashion shows in Milan. The catwalker hit the floor during the show and had to be helped up by a fellow model. And to really add insult to injury, he had to wear bright orange pants in public. (Side note: Is it just us or is everyone in the front row smirking and smiling? Ice-cold!) Of course, given that the theme for Westwood's Autumn/Winter 2010 show was the Homeless (really!), we wouldn't be surprised if the trip was all part of the act. The madcap designer also sent models down the runway with shopping carts and plastic bags, so we wouldn't put it past her.
It's been a bad week for runway models. This catwalker slipped out of her shoes at Berlin Fashion Week.
High Heels, 1. Model, 0
Model Barbara Meier suffered an embarrassing misstep (literally) as she walked the runway at last week's Lena Hoschek A/W 2010 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, accidentally losing one of her high-heeled pumps mid-catwalk. But what she lacks in sticky feet, Meier -- who won the second season of "Germany's Next Topmodel" -- made up for in poise, calmly stepping out of the wayward shoe and then removing the second pump before completing her runway turn.
On her way back the model picked up the runaway heels and tucked them behind her back like a champ. We'll cop to a whiff of disappointment after failing to see yet another case of runway roadkill, but mostly we're impressed at Meier's ability to keep her cool. Guess she was "sole"-trained? Next time, maybe she'll Krazy Glue those suckers.
Meanwhile, see the terrifying heels that made three models quit the Alexander McQueen show.
There comes a time when a gal's just gotta put her foot down. Or not, as it were.
So when Alexander McQueen called on his Spring/Summer 2010 runway models to slip on his death-defying, 10-inch-tall Armadillo shoes, catwalkers Abbey Lee Kershaw, Natasha Poly and Sasha Pivovarova quit the show in protest, Kershaw tells Frockwriter. Who says models are dumb?
Kershaw can't be blamed for erring on the side of caution. The model stumbled at Rodarte last September, had to sit out part of the Fall/Winter '09 shows due to a knee injury caused by another footwear-related near-miss, and even fainted thanks to a suffocating corset at McQueen's Spring/Summer '09 show last year, according to the source.
Yikes!!! We hope the poor thing has insurance.
But while Kershaw, Poly and Pivovarova may have 86'd McQueen's controversial kicks, style stars like Daphne Guinness and Lady Gaga have braved the monstrous heels sans bloodshed. Heck, Guinness even marveled to Fashionista at the time that the straight-from-the-runway shoes were "quite light." We'll just have to take her word for it. Those beasts give us nightmares. Meanwhile, the Armadillo isn't the only shoe getting snubbed. Find out why Stuart Weitzman is ditching his million-dollar shoe.
However, remember back when in 1994 Naomi Campbell tumbles for us... again it was that sneaky legendary designer Vivienne Westwood.