The industry’s experiment with returning to a (largely) IRL fashion week season has so far gone surprisingly smoothly. That’s true of both
the street style outside the shows and the casts on the runways, which are again playing host to unexpected celebs and “nodels” of note. In New York, the makeshift catwalk of Batsheva’s restaurant showing alone played host to not only Saturday Night Live stars Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, and Ego Nwodim, but also parent-child duo Busy Philipps and Birdie Silverstein. Now that the spring 2022 shows have decamped to Europe, the star power is almost getting out of hand—and the campaigns coming out are no different. Just a couple of days after Dua Lipa made her runway debut at Versace, Donatella Versace one-upped her own casting coup by enlisting super after super to showcase the house’s “coming together” with Fendi. Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing pulled a similarly ambitious move in Paris, and Demna Gvasalia assembled as many celebrities you’d expect for a runway that doubled as a red carpet. Stay up to date with all of this season’s surprise cameos, here.
Huston may be best known for her lengthy IMdb page, with roles in
The Addams Family and plenty of Wes Anderson films, but lest we forget—the famed actor got her start as a model. Just last year, she appeared as the star for Alessandro Michele’s Gucci Bloom Profumo di Fiori campaign. Now, Huston has linked with the French-American designer Nick Fouquet for his spring 2022 campaign, titled “Jungle Illuminations.” The two are reportedly longtime friends—and Huston was shot for the advertisements alongside Nick’s father, Bernard Fouquet.
A look from the “Jungle Illuminations” spring 2022 campaign.
Photo by Pascal Le Segretain via Getty Images 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford joined the brigade at Le Défilé L’Oréal, the extravaganza that counts none other than Helen Mirren and Jamie Lee Curtis among its regulars. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain via Getty Images
Jaime Lannister (aka Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) donned a cloak to remind the world that he’s a L’Oréal Men global spokesperson. This time around, he hit the catwalk with his daughter Filippa.
Balenciaga’s spring 2022 showing was something of a guessing game: The difference between celebrity models and celebrity guests only became apparent after the red carpet-style show wrapped. Formula 1 racer
Lewis Hamilton was among those to serve as both, looking notably casual in a bomber and t-shirt.
Elliot Page joined him—both in hitting the runway and wearing platform, cyber goth-style Crocs.
Isabelle Huppert’s appearance on the runway made for an IRL extension of the actor’s recent
The red carpet was actually a preamble for the least expected Balenciaga models of all: None other than the Simpsons. Naturally, Patty and Selma walked in tandem, cigarettes in tow (see for yourself at the 6:00 minute mark.)
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Carla Bruni helped Olivier Rousteing celebrate his 10th anniversary at the helm of Balmain, marking the former first lady of France (and
Bella Hadid twin)’s first major runway appearance since Donatella Versace’s supermodel reunion in 2017. Photo by Dominique Charriau via Getty Images
Seeing as it was also Balmain’s 75th anniversary, Rousteing didn’t stop there: He convinced
Milla Jovovich, who last appeared on the catwalk in 2013, to join the party. (She gave a “ HUGE” shoutout to her trainer for months of helping her get “runway ready” on Instagram.) Photo by Peter White via Getty Images
Last but not least, the designer also cast
Rina Sawayama, marking the British-Japanese musician’s runway debut. Photo by Daniele Venturelli via Getty Images
Donatella Versace and Kim Jones also went all out with casting. Their “coming together” of Fendi and Versace—officially known as “Fendace”—kicked off with
Kristen McMenamy in all her silvery-haired glory. Courtesy of Fendi and Versace Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto via Getty Images
It took three years for Lola Leon to return to the runway, finally following up on her 2018 Gypsy Sport cameo with
a show-stealing appearance in Rihanna’s latest pre-taped lingerie spectacular . No one could have predicted that less than 12 hours after Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 3 officially premiered, the 24-year-old—who happens to be Madonna’s daughter—would again grace the catwalk. Then again, who could ever turn down Rih or Donatella Versace? Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto via Getty Images
Donatella Versace has been loud and proud about the fact that she’s a full-on Dua Lipa stan. The fact that the pop star not only joined made her runway debut, but also soundtracked the show, is a true testament to the pair’s bond. Clearly, the feelings are mutual. The iconic designer has convinced Lipa to both
dye her hair red and make her runway debut.
Unlike most of his peers, the revered photographer (and
longtime ) Juergen Teller occasionally steps in front of the lens. And whenever he does, he has W contributor yet to disappoint outfit-wise—or lack-of-outfit-wise, in the case of his JW Anderson lookbook cameo. Photo by Jeff Spicer/BFC via Getty Images
Janaya Future Khan joined longtime supermodel Guinevere Van Seenus on the COS runway in London, marking the activist and Black Lives Matter Toronto cofounder’s Fashion Week debut. (On the heels of a Calvin Klein campaign at that.)
Courtesy of Osman and Richard Quinn
The Welsh drag queen Tayce had a banner London Fashion Week, sporting no less than three looks at Osman (left) and nabbing the closing slot. Less than 24 hours later, he joined Lila Moss in
trying out bleached eyebrows for Richard Quinn (right). Photo by Kate Green/BFC/Getty Images
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK finalist Bimini Bon Boulash also walked for Quinn in a purple coat and highlighter-yellow thigh-high boots. Photo by Slaven Vlasic via Getty Images
Kate Upton has been almost entirely off the map since becoming a mom in 2018. Her return to modeling at Tory Burch’s New York City showing was not only notable in and of itself, but marked what could be a new era of her career: It was only the third show that the 29-year-old model, who broke out with a
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover in 2011, has ever walked to date. Courtesy of Willy Chavarria
New York City’s iconic Astor Place Hairstylists blessedly lives on—and in fact has taken on new life as a Fashion Week venue, thanks to Willy Chavarria. Among those he assembled on the makeshift runway was the designer and adult performer Boomer Banks, who heralded the showing as a “stunning display of Hispanic culture.”
Saturday Night Live favorite Ego Nwodim made her runway debut at Batsheva in a dramatic wig that could have easily been part of a bit, a season after notably posing in the label’s lookbook. Chloe Fineman joined Nwodim in making the leap from lookbook (in her case, Christian Cowan) to runway at Batsheva. (And further upped her fashion cred just a few days later with a red carpet appearance at the M
Did someone say
SNL? Heidi Gardner was in good company—and a tad bit more recognizable than her costars hair-wise—at Batsheva’s
Busy Philipps barely even registered her own appearance on the Batsheva runway. From the sound of her Instagram, the actor only had eyes for...
...Birdie Silverstein, whom she referred to as the “mini icon I birthed out of mine own uterus 13 years ago.”
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Forget front-rower Kylie Jenner:
Leyna Bloom, the Port Authority star who’s made history as the first trans woman of color to appear in Sports Illustrated and to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, was the real star of LaQuan Smith’s showing at the the top of Photo by Frazer Harrison via Getty Images
Has Azealia Banks had controversy after controversy over the past years and years? Absolutely. But not even one of those debacles stopped the crowd from erupting into cheers when she closed out
Kim Shui’s celebration of Asian creativity at the newly reinvigorated New York Fashion Week venue Spring Studios.