Julien Macdonald reveals how he got supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio to walk for him in London

19th Sep 17 | Beauty

The VIP line up was incredible.

Julien Macdonald Catwalk - London Fashion Week SS18

You know it’s a big show when a Victoria’s Secret supermodel stops by to walk the runway.

Alessandra Ambrosio was a surprise addition to Julien Macdonald’s model squad – to the delight of the fashion pack.

The VIP catwalk line up also included Instagram It girls Winnie Harlow, Martha Hunt and Hailey Baldwin (daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin).

Model Alessandra Ambrosio on the catwalk during the Julien Macdonald London Fashion Week SS18 show
Alessandra Ambrosio (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Model Hailey Baldwin on the Julien Macdonald catwalk
Hailey Baldwin (Isabel Infantes/PA)

So how did the catwalk collaboration with Alessandra come about?

“Alessandra is huge fan of the brand and she’s been wearing my clothes for a long time,” explains Julien Macdonald. “I said to her, ‘Look, I can’t afford to pay you but I’d love you to walk’, and she asked if I’d make her a few dresses, so we struck a deal.”

Alessandra clearly loved taking part. She posted a catwalk shot on her Instagram, telling her 8.6million followers: “Amazing night… amazing dress.”

The FROW was packed out to preview Macdonald’s ‘Brave New World’ collection for SS18 season at London’s Bankside Vaults. Celebrity attendees included Amanda Holden, Tom Daley, Ronan Keating and Alexandra Burke.

Currently donning sequins in Strictly Come Dancing, Aston Merrygold also attended the show with his dance partner Janette Manrara, who paired up with Macdonald for the BBC programme in 2013.

Julien Macdonald and models celebrate the end of hie London Fashion Week show SS18
Julien Macdonald and models celebrate (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Guests Instagrammed their hearts out as the runway was covered in metallic ribbon foil for the typically glitzy finale and Macdonald took a victory lap alongside models Alessandra and Winnie.

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