When new super Gigi Hadid closed Bottega Veneta's S/S17 show arm-in-arm with legendary super Lauren Hutton, social media was ablaze with praise for the spectacular moment. It appeared to be a planned move for the show to go out with a bang, but Lauren revealed in a recent interview that it was anything but.
The show was staged at Milan's Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, and the runway was made entirely of cobblestones (thanks to the Accademia having been built in the 1700s) which from experience, we all know are incredibly difficult to navigate in heels at the best of times, let alone in front of the world's cameras. The 72-year-old beauty told The Cut that the heels she was wearing for the show were the reason for the now-iconic moment. "Did you see those? They look beautiful, but boy. Everyone else had practiced in them. Nothing was flat and it was very easy to fall. I was pleased that I didn't fall because it was also dark."
She continued, "When I got backstage they said, 'Get in the line, we're about to go again.' And I said, 'I can't, I can't.' But a very smart stylist, Katie Grand from England, said, 'You can follow Gigi.' She has been in the middle of the line. I said, 'I can't. I'll have to hold onto Gigi' and that's how it worked."
For us mere mortals it's refreshing to know that even a seasoned super like Hutton struggles with the pitfalls of high heels from time to time. She went on to tell the site that she and Gigi "had a very good time" before adding, as only someone of her level could, "We talked during the walking because I didn't much care."