Supermodels film themselves at home in DIY catwalk show

Supermodels assemble! World’s most famous catwalk stars don swimsuits and glamorous gowns to strut their stuff in their homes and on the street for virtual CR Runway show

  • Supermodels from across the globe took part in a catwalk show for charity
  • Carine Roitfeld, 65, created CR Runway with amfAR against covid-19
  • She explained the aim of the event streamed on YouTube is to raise money 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

From the living room to the back garden, these stunning supermodels proved they don’t need a catwalk to put on a fashion show as they came together to raise money for charity.

Karlie Kloss, Winnie Harlow and Alessandra Ambrosio were among the fashion industry heavyweights who donned their finest party frocks, most extravagant evening gowns, or simply their favourite pair of jeans for a virtual runway. 

The CR Runway with amfAR Fights Covid-19, is the brainchild of renowned French fashion magazine editor Carine Roitfield, who drew on her extensive contacts to put the show together to raise money for frontline workers. 

It was shared on YouTube by Derek Blasberg, the media giant’s head of fashion and beauty, and included contributions from celebrities like Kim Kardashian West and designers Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg.

Purple reign! British model Winnie Harlow looked elegant in a magenta lace creation as she took to the street outside her house. The style star was one of more than two dozen models who took part in the virtual fashion show to raise money for frontline workers 

Brazilian beauties! Alessandra Ambrosio turned her driveway into a catwalk and donned several outfits, including this swimsuit and sarong (left). Adriana Lima, 38, looked ready for a night on the town as she strutted her stuff in a white cropped top and skin tight leather pants

Wild child! American model Ashley Graham brought out the fun and danced through her home in a series of outfits, including this black cycle shorts and leopard print top combination

Strike a pose! Puerto Rican supermodel Joan Smalls, left, made the most of the sunshine and filmed her segment outside. She opted for a casual outfit of a crop top and denim shorts (left). Right, Jasmine Sanders, also known as Golden Barbie, brought a sense of fun in all pink

Adding her support: Kim Kardashian West recorded a message thanking everyone for taking part in the project to raise money and bring a smile to viewers’ faces during a difficult time

Industry leader: The CR Runway with amfAR Fights Covid-19, is the brainchild of renowned French fashion magazine editor Carine Roitfield, pictured, who put the show together

‘It’s not just to have fun, it’s something to raise money for a great cause and put a smile on your face,’ Carine said ahead of the show, the first to be hosted by YouTube.

‘Today I’m not a fashion icon. My icons are these doctors, nurses and the lady who goes to a grocery store. These are my icons of today.’

Kim Kardashian added her thanks to ‘all of the beautiful women who are so graciously offering up your time and your energy and just your beautiful spirit; to everyone that is watching at home; and for everyone that is coming together unified and fighting this awful virus Covid-19 and all being unified together.

‘At least just for everyone to have a smile on your face and have a moment of joy while staying at home and staying healthy.’ 

Perfect accessory: Stella Maxwell stomped up and down the terrace of her sun-soaked property with her adorable pup cradled under her arm. The blonde beauty showcased her signature cool girl style in a leather jacket and pair of vibrant Versace leggings 

Costume change! Beaming Halima Aden walked her balcony in two different ensembles, including an eye-catching red turtle neck with a black leather midi skirt (right)

Preppy perfection: Model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss, who is married to Jared Kushner’s brother Joshua, flashed a smile as she strutted towards the camera in an airy apartment

Style mavens: Eva Herzigová, 47, added a top hat to her figure-hugging gown (left). Karolína Kurková, 36, right, paraded up and down her bedroom in a tropical print suit

Golden girl! Russian model Natasha Poly kicked off proceedings in this dazzling mini dress

Less is more! American model Carolyn Murphy proved fashion doesn’t need to be complicated and donned a classic black t-shirt and jeans (left) British model and musician Karen Elson, 41, took a similar approach in a dark brown jumpsuit and wore her hair pulled back

Showing support for the project, Olivier Rousteing who is the Creative Director of Balmain, said: ‘If someone told me last year that we would be forced apart, I would never believe it.

‘I just want to thank you Carine for this because it’s a new way of presenting a fashion show and you’re the first one, as usual.’

The fashion show has so far racked up more than 217,000 views, with fashion fans encouraged to donate money to the fundraising initiative. 

The models filmed themselves doing their own hair and makeup, before turning their living rooms, gardens and dining areas into runways.

Blonde bombshells: Lara Stone turned her open-plan living space into her runway and showcased a vibrant pink and red jumpsuit (left). Drag artist Miss Fame in a retro ensemble 

Host: It was shared by Derek Blasberg, pictured, YouTube’s head of fashion and beauty

Coming together: Designers Diane von Furstenberg (left) and Alexander Wang contributed

Tom Pecheux advised the stars to do smokey black eyes, meanwhile Sam McKnight asked them to style their natural hair. 

Each of the models wore items from their own wardrobes, taking guidance from leading experts in the industry to achieve a cohesive look for the show.

The results were stunning, with Karen Elson, 41, showcasing her pared back style and Karolína Kurková, 36, parading up and down her bedroom in a tropical print suit.

Ashley Graham looked ready to party as she danced through her house in a white swimsuit and black cycle shorts while Halima Aden donned two different outfits on her balcony.     

Viewers praised the initiative and said they would like to see another fashion show 

Fashion fans praised the efforts of the models and gushed that it was a joy to watch the show.

One person wrote: ‘A huge congratulations to this amazing project! Once again you prove that fashion is not only about clothes and makeup! Bravo to Carine and Amfar for having had this beautiful initiative! And the girls were so beautiful!’

Another said: ‘Thank you for an amazing show! And thank you doctors who are fighting against virus! Thank you Carine and Amfar for this amazing show! And beauties for participating! Love’

A third added: ‘This brought me so much joy too watch and I’m definitely going to re-watch it again with my family! Thank you for this. I love how creative this was and that things like this can still happen! Definitely made me smile’ 

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