It’s the closing look of a show that is relied upon to make a lasting impression. Just think of Naomi Campbell gliding down the runway in a sumptuous translucent black gown for Valentino’s SS19 couture presentation. Visibly emotional, she stood beside Pierpaolo Piccioli as the crowd applauded and a dazzling cast of models lined up behind them wearing the designer’s ruffled creations. It was a fitting finale for a collection that put diversity, romance and hope centre stage.
Over the last few years, these are the images that have been burned into the fashion industry’s collective memory: the original 1990s supermodels reuniting at Versace’s SS18 show to the strains of George Michael’s Freedom! ’90; Rihanna speeding down the catwalk on the back of a motorbike after her SS18 Fenty x Puma show; Christopher Bailey taking his final bow at Burberry after Cara Delevingne closed the show in a rainbow-coloured cape.
Ahead of London Fashion Week – which will bring with it a whole new set of sartorial talking points – Vogue revisits 21 of the most memorable runway finales of all time.