Milan Fashion Week has a knack for bringing supermodels together. Versace’s spring/summer 2018 show, for example, kicked off with Kaia Gerber, Bella Hadid, and Gigi Hadid, who eventually made way for the megawatt reunion of ’90s supers Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and Claudia Schiffer. Now, almost exactly two years later, Max Mara brought their collective star power back, though this time it was the younger generation of supers—Kaia, Gigi, and Bella, once again, with the bonus addition of Joan Smalls—who took center stage at the house’s spring/summer 2020 show on Thursday. (Hopefully, Kendall Jenner isn’t feeling too left out.)
Gigi and Bella are no strangers to teaming up for Fashion Week; they did so earlier this month for shows like Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger in New York, and at Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show, they even joined together with Joan Smalls. This time, though, their union packed an extra punch: The collection was Max Mara creative director Ian Griffiths’s impassioned homage to Fleabag mastermind Phoebe Waller-Bridge, from her invention of Killing Eve‘s Villanelle to her upcoming take on James Bond. Griffiths might not have achieved his apparent dream of working on wardrobe for the film, he did the next best thing, outfitting an army of women for occasions ranging from the “car chase to the ball scene”
They may have stolen the show, but Gigi, Kaia, Bella, and Joan weren’t the only supermodels to storm the runway in full force. Ahead of the finale, Gigi also teamed up with Candice Swanepoel and Doutzen Kroes, matching in gray tailored separates and braids.
As for the rest of the cast, well, they all came together to make the show into a moment for black lipstick, too—especially since some of the supers kept it on after they left the show, to the delight of the paparazzi.
The Most Surprising Models to Walk Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020
Marie Benoliel, better known as the YouTuber Marie S’Infiltre, was not officially cast in Chanel’s spring 2020 show on the final day of Paris Fashion Week. But that didn’t stop her from leaping onto the runway during the finale, as if she were meant to be there all along. Benoliel, who wore Chanel-style houndstooth tweed, fit in surprisingly well, though her star turn didn’t last for long; a less-than-amused Gigi Hadid soon intervened.
As usual, Xiao Wen Ju has been booking editorial after editorial and campaign after campaign. Still, her turn on the runway of Miu Miu’s spring 2020 show during Paris Fashion Week came as something of a surprise; she’s barely appeared on the catwalk over the past few years, and tends to stick to New York Fashion Week.
Agyness Deyn joined Jenner in making a platinum blonde comeback to the runway at Burberry—the same brand that reportedly once fired her for being too famous. (The late-aughts icon last walked a runway in 2015.)
The Stranger Things actor Caleb McLaughlin left behind Hawkins for the Kings Theatre, in Brooklyn, where Kerby Jean-Raymond staged what’s shaping up to be the most vital fashion show this year: Pyer Moss spring 2020.
As you may recall, the last time that Slick Woods walked the runway—for Rihanna, no less—the model went into labor. Things went a little smoother this time around, when she made her return to the catwalk at LaQuan Smith’s show in New York.
Debi Mazar and her 17-year-old daughter Evelina Corcos brought back last year’s biggest Fashion Week trend—moms—by walking at Kate Spade hand in hand.
Right up there with Agyness Deyn when it comes to late-aughts blasts from the pasts is Cole Mohr, the heavily tatted It boy of yore who was practically everywhere a decade ago. Like last year, he walked at Helmut Lang, but this time around the 33-year-old model showed up—and elicited audible gasps—at Eckhaus Latta, too.
Ashley Graham’s appearance at Zendaya’s latest extravaganza with Tommy Hilfiger wouldn’t be a surprise—save for the fact that the 31-year-old model is currently several months pregnant.
The Wolverine and Westworld star Tao Okamoto returned to the runway for the first time in five and a half years to walk Prabal Gurung during New York Fashion Week.
As a former muse to Hedi Slimane, the Sunflower Bean singer Julia Cumming has always had ties to fashion. But it was still quite the surprise when she turned up in an innocent white cardigan on the catwalk at Anna Sui.
The YouTuber, actor, and singer Cameron Dallas once again solidified his multihyphenate reputation when he made his way down the catwalk at Christian Cowan.
The Hustlers star Keke Palmer spent the day before giving the world the gift that is “sorry to this man” moonlighting as a model for Christian Cowan.
Perhaps to balance out the newcomers, Christian Cowan tapped Karolina Kurkova to both open and close his New York show.
With everything going on at the Blonds’ collaboration with the Moulin Rouge revival on Broadway, you’d be forgiven for missing out on the fact that Gigi Gorgeous walked the runway. The YouTube superstar, on the other hand, “literally screamed for hours” when she heard the news.
Veronica Webb resurfaced on the runway last season, and fortunately, the ’90s supermodel appears to be here to stay. This time around, she’s walked Nicole Miller and Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya—so far, anyway.