London 2012 closing ceremony: Fashion superstars show why Britain is catwalk gold

Saturday, August 18, 2012    

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There is a sure-fire way to ensure Team GB trumps London's record medal haul at Rio 2016: we must convince the IOC to enshrine fashion catwalking as an official Olympic sport. Why? Well, as the fleeting, fabulous, yet endearingly barmy catwalk interlude at last Sunday's closing ceremony showed, British fashion is odds-on pure gold. Boasting strength in depth from seasoned superstars (Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell) to prodigal upand-comers (Georgia May Jagger and Jourdan Dunn), the nine-strong supermodel squad showed themselves a match for any nation. Furthermore, their gleaming gold dresses demonstrated how British designers could give anyone, even the French, a Fashion Olympics drubbing too.

The show began as eight black (naturally, darling) TRACTORS trundled into the Olympic Stadium, each flanked by a gold helmeted, biker-jacketed phalanx of volunteers. To the strains of David Bowie's Fashion (Vangelis is so two weeks ago), these stylish tractors pulled black and white billboards. And then — KA-POW! — the billboards fell away to reveal the goldclad models. Apart from David Gandy (the only male model represented, in a lurex-sheened Paul Smith suit), all wore sky-high platform high-heels. Even worse, each faced a highdifficulty synchronised course that ran from their in-tractor podiums, along the red-white-and-blue, athlete-bordered spokes of the Union flag catwalk and then, after a brief breather, on and up onto the stage. It was a challenge they overcame with élan.

All eyes, however, were on Team GB's marquee names — the greats. Moss and Campbell may be in catwalk semi-retirement, but both put in classic catwalk displays. Moss poured down the catwalk like vodka onto ice: the only thing missing from that liquid perambulation (in a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen bias-cut silk-lined show-stopper) was a signature cigarette perched in her pout. From the opposite spoke came Campbell, battling valiantly to rein in her urge to outpace the rest, in a metalwork-bodied, tulletrained warrior queen's wedding dress, also by Burton for McQueen.

— The Telegraph ( Photos: AP/Alastair Grant)



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