Look’s Hannah Banks-walker went to Paris for H&M’S catwalk show. With models, champers and a set from The Weeknd, it was a spectacle
Paris? It’s always a good idea. At least, it is when H&M is in charge. The Swedish behemoth has been hosting its runway show in the French capital for four years now, each bigger and better than the last. This year, the high street hero followed the lead of some of fashion’s biggest power players – Burberry, Tom Ford and Topshop to name but three – by making the clothes available to buy almost as soon as they trotted off the catwalk.
A good thing, really, because one look at this hoard of white Puritan dresses finished with frilled sleeve flourishes, sheer fuchsia separates and relaxed pinstripe tailoring is enough to send anyone running to their nearest H&M to break the doors down. Thankfully, that’s not necessary. Opening the show was Gigi Hadid, who led the braidy bunch with her hair in twin plaits, followed by sister Bella. Joining the super sisters in the model line-up were the likes of Winnie Harlow, Amber Valletta, Adwoa Aboah and Elsa Hosk.
If that’s not enough A-list action to whet your appetite, Nicki Minaj was Frow-side, along with Alexa Chung and Charli XCX. But wait: there’s more. As all the models stormed the runway for the finale, The Weeknd appeared onstage, as if from nowhere, to deliver an impromptu private gig. With the supers dancing stage-side and everyone else clamouring to take pics, what began as a fashion show ended up as one big party.
Don’t think this is all cause for FOMO, though; you can shop each and every look right now and give those Hadid sisters a run for their money. See? Told you it was a good idea.
Sisters Bella (left) and Gigi Hadid walked the show alongside veteran model Amber Valletta (top) The supers were in a playful mood