Reality TV stars had to vacate their front-row seats to make room for the new celebrities of the season: athletes. Enjoying a post-Olympics popularity spike, athletes—from dainty gymnasts to burly hockey stars— presided over a different kind of court in September.
Gymnast Nastia Liukin, who won a gold medal for all-around gymnastics in Beijing, fittingly wore a gold Peter Som dress to the designer’s New York show. She also attended Badgley Mischka, along with fellow gold medalist, retired swimmer Amanda Beard, who modeled during the week. Swimmer Dara Torres, who, at 41, came out of retirement to win a silver medal in Beijing, walked the runway at Charles Nolan.
LeBron James made his fashion week debut at Ralph Lauren’s show, with the two men cohosting an event later that week. And hockey players also made the rounds, particularly Sean Avery, who skipped training with the Dallas Stars for the Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez and Vera Wang shows. Meanwhile, Avery’s former New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist was spotted at Tommy Hilfiger.
The U.S. Open sent its own flock of athletes from Arthur Ashe to Bryant Park. Maria Sharapova, who had to sit out the Olympics and U.S. Open due to a shoulder injury, made the rounds. Andy Roddick made Lacoste’s show, while women’s champion Serena Williams did a front-row victory lap at Calvin Klein and Luca Luca, as sister Venus visited Diane von Furstenberg.
Boris Becker attended the Talbot Runhof show in Paris, and a number of medalists made front-row appearances in Milan. South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, also known as the girlfriend of Monaco’s Prince Albert II, trilled that she was “so excited” to be at the Giorgio Armani show for the first time. Also at the show was goldmedal swimmer Federica Pellegrini.
Fencer Valentina Vezzali was flanked by two of her peers, Diego Occhiuzzi and Aldo Montano, who believes there’s more of a connection between fencing and fashion than meets the eye. “Fencing is synonymous with elegance, from the attire to the cavalry and the posture,” said the bronze medalist.
Vezzali and Italian Olympic silver medalist in fencing, Margherita Granbassi, were also invited by Laura Biagiotti, whose front row is regularly graced by athletes.
Alex Schwarzer, who took home a gold medal in the marathon walking category, was at Emporio Armani, while Olympic swimmer Paolo Bossini was at D&G and is rumored to be involved with the designers in a sports-related event or ad campaign.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)
Breaking News: @hedislimane joins @celine as its new artistic, creative and image director. One of fashion’s preeminent image-makers and trendsetters, Slimane is to join the LVMH brand on Feb. 1 and unveil his first fashion proposition for men and women next September during Paris Fashion Week. It marks a major homecoming for Slimane, who cemented his reputation – and influenced men’s tailoring for more than a decade – as the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. He went on to reinvent and ignite the house of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent, between 2012 and 2016 – all the while maintaining a close relationship with the Arnault family, which controls LVMH and Dior. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
“Personally I believe the Eighties have been the richest and more vivacious period for international fashion,” Giorgio Armani said when asked what his favorite decade of fashion is. It was a moment of disruption and experimentation and only thinking back to the first years of that decade is always an emotion for me, for what they have meant to me and my work.” The influence is clear in @giorgioarmani spring 2018 collection, pictured here, which was full of bright colors and unexpected prints. Read more about which decades designers loved most on WWD.com #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)