US - Palestinian model Gigi Hadid presents a creation by Chanel during the Women's Spring-Summer 2020 Ready-to-Wear collection fashion show at the Grand Palais in Paris, on October 1, 2019. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
Gigi Hadid confronts gatecrasher on Paris catwalk, Cardi B storms the frontrow
“We are not going to make a drama out of it,” a Chanel spokeswoman added.
“We would have preferred if it hadn’t happened.”
The woman was “escorted to the exit by our security personnel afterward.”
The models hardly blinked an eye as the woman climbed onto the catwalk, making space for the gatecrasher as they filed backstage.
It was only as the woman doubled back to milk her big moment to the full that Hadid acted.
Most of the hundreds of fashionistas at the show did not realize what had happened as they clapped or filmed the finale with their smartphones.
– Cardi B in the front row –
With the front row crammed with celebrities from US rapper Cardi B to K-pop star Jennie and French actress Isabelle Adjani, security had been tight.
Chanel designer Virginie Viard had turned the clock back in her spring/summer show, with a battalion of models channeling the insouciant sophistication of 1960s socialites.
Viard said she took Hollywood actress Kristen Stewart and the mould-breaking French New Wave films of the 1960s as her inspiration.
“The rooftops of Paris evoke the New Wave for me,” she said. “I thought of Kristen Stewart playing Jean Seberg and all the actresses that Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel dressed at the time,” she added, referring to the brand’s founder.