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Defining Moments: Glory Days

They may have moved on to writing, acting or reality TV, but former models were treated as of-the-moment celebrities and populated front rows this season.

Eva Herzigova, Claudia Schiffer and Nadja Auermann 
at the Dolce & Gabbana exhibition.
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They may have moved on to writing, acting or reality TV, but former models were treated as of-the-moment celebrities and populated plenty of front rows this season. Claudia Schiffer, Nadja Auermann, Eva Herzigova and Lauren Hutton took in the Dolce & Gabbana show. Auermann, a first-timer as a guest of the designing duo, said she was as nervous as on the runway, “if not more.” onversely, Schiffer just sat back and relaxed. “What fun; I’m not stressed at all—I’m enjoying this.”

Elizabeth Hurley and Milla Jovovich braved the paparazzi to get to their seats at the Roberto Cavalli show, along with Nadege du Bospertus, and were special guests at the dinner the designer hosted. Model Valeria Mazza said she just can’t stay away from fashion, and made quite an entrance at the Blumarine, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo and Versace shows. Model-actress Eva Riccobono attended Giorgio Armani, while Marpessa was at Brioni and Francesco Scognamiglio.

And Tatjana Patitz, who was recently tagged “The Forgotten Supermodel” by The Guardian newspaper, made a wobbly return to the limelight when she almost fell during Hermès. “I nearly twisted my ankle and it was like, oh [no]!” Patitz said. Eight years since her last runway appearance, Patitz noted the industry has changed in many ways: “First of all, there are a lot more models and it feels to me like a bigger machine than in the past.”

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