This marks Jenner’s first runway strut after early reports noted the model would not be walking in any New York Fashion Week shows. In an interview with W, Jenner said, “It’s always fun to be on the other side of things and get to be on the other side of the craziness. I actually enjoy it. I love being able to see the collections when they are brand new.” This comment was made in relation to Jenner’s decision to sit front row at Longchamp’s fashion shows this year and attend a few Fashion Week-related events instead.
However, clearly the model changed her mind when it came to Riccardo Tisci’s debut collection for Burberry. Tisci is the renowned designer most recognized for previously leading creative at Givenchy. He was appointed chief creative officer of Burberry in March after the departure of Christopher Bailey, who held a 12-year-long tenure at the British heritage brand.
Jenner’s return to the catwalk is notable for other reasons too. The model has previously opened up about her anxiety in an interview with Cara Delevingne for Harper’s Bazaar, where she shared, “I have such debilitating anxiety because of everything going on that I literally wake up in the middle of the night with full-on panic attacks. Where do I even start? Everything is so horrible, it’s hard to name one thing. I just think that the world needs so much love.”
The model opened up in a recent interview with Love about being on the “verge of a mental breakdown.” It was the same interview with Love that Jenner came under fire for her controversial comments about being “selective” with her runway shows over other models. “I was never one of those girls who would do, like, 30 shows a season or whatever the f*** those girls do,” she said to Love. “More power to ’em.”
This comment caused backlash from models. One, Ginta Lapina, wrote on Instagram in response, “We all are hard working and worked hard to be where we are. Nothing was given to us.” Following this, ’80s model Carol Alt called out the nepotism within the modeling industry.
Jenner has since addressed the comment, saying her words were taken out of context. She issued a response on Twitter.
During Burberry’s show, Jenner sported a classic trench coat and matching trousers with gold ring embellishments. She had her hair pulled back in a tight bun and wore stiletto booties. The collection featured Tisci’s take on classics from Burberry, like its trench coats, “check” (aka plaid) prints, and handbags. Silky dresses and pastel sheer blouses were paired with midi skirts and fitted trousers. Fanny packs were elevated, styled around tailored suits and dresses.
Will we continue to see Jenner at other catwalk shows in London, Milan, and Paris? Time will tell as fashion month continues.
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