Designers Dish On Dressing The Supermodel Army - Kate Moss! Naomi Campbell! Lily Cole! - For Olympics Closing Ceremony
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As you may have noticed, the London Olympics 2012 closed with a bang last night thanks to an explosion of culture and music in homage to all things British.
Brit fashion got an extra special moment in the spotlight as a nine-strong squad of our finest superstar supermodels took to the stage in a moment of pure gold. Each one paraded through the Olympic Stadium while swathed in gleaming gowns designed by our finest homegrown talent.
From seasoned pros Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen to model-of-the-moment Georgia May Jagger showcasing a Victoria Beckham frock and David Gandy representing the men in a dapper Paul Smith suit, the catwalkers appeared from behind black and white billboards and proceeded to Strut. Their. Stuff. Sadly Rosie Huntington-Whiteley didn't make an appearance as expected but what a treat to see Karen Elson in our fair capital, eh?
So the three-minute interlude might have garnered mixed reviews but it was none the less fabulous despite being fleeting. It sure did Brit fash proud.
Click through the gallery above to see the shimmering supermodels' gowns and what the designers - from Erdem to Jonathan Saunders - made of the ceremony...
Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen
Mossy took centre stage in a mermaid-like Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen stunner encrusted in gold and silver paillettes. Phwoar.
Lily Donaldson in Vivienne Westwood
LD looked like a glitzy princess in gold-embroidered ballgown from Vivienne Westwood's Gold Label. The baroque pattern was inspired by 17th Century English Royalty, particularly the court of King Charles II, and Dame Viv created the concoction especially for the occasion. The stiff organza tulle number was inspired by the designer's favourite dress from the Gold Label's Autumn / Winter 2012 collection.
‘The corset is based on a 17th Century style corset but is oversized at the neckline which modernises it and shows the décolletage beautifully,' Lady Westwood said. 'I call this style the Stature of Liberty corset. I love the way the gold lace is transparent at the bottom.
'Lily looks incredible in the dress. She is a fantastic person and follows my environmental initiatives and has been involved in my campaign to fundraise for rainforest charity Cool Earth.’
Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen
La Campbell was also swathed in McQueen as she fiercely stomped past the crowd, sending tingles down our spines. Her metal-embroidered dress featured a flowing shimmering train and was topped off with a gold leaf hair accessory and McQueen wedges. Talk about the Queen of the Catwalk!
Lily Cole in Erdem
Lily's leaf-festooned cocktail dress came courtesy of Erdem with layers of lace making it super-feminine. Also: how hot are those gold Charlotte Olympia ankle-strap pumps?
'It was such a huge honour to be part of it!' Erdem excitedly told us today. 'When they said my name and I saw Lily, I was beyond thrilled! It was a great show, I loved the Petshop Boys - they were brilliant!'
As for those heels, Charlotte Olympia was equally thrilled - and surprised. 'It was a complete surprise,' she told us. 'I had no idea. A real golden moment!'
Georgia May Jagger in Victoria Beckham
VB didn't only appear on stage with the Spice Girls, the designer's creation was represented by the youngest of the troop. GMJ's gold-metal cocktail dress was fun and flirty and teamed with Giuseppe Zanotti heels.
Jourdan Dunn in Jonathan Saunders
Jourdan caught everyone's eye thanks to a fabulous gold-feather headdress created by the genius Stephen Jones. She teamed it with a Jonathan Saunders gold-and-white leather dress and mega heels.
'I was very excited to be a part of something so big and to be able to represent GB as part of the closing ceremony is a huge honour,' Mr Saunders told Grazia Daily. 'We (the designers) were all sat together at the ceremony and we were overwhelmed by the scale of it all.'
Jourdan Dunn in Stephen Jones
'The hat was inspired by the amazing headdresses of Papua, New Guinea,' Stephen Jones told Grazia Daily of Jourdan's fabulous head gear. 'The large turkey feathers where dipped in resin and then metal plated for a spectacular effect.
'I was thrilled that Jourdan was wearing my golden halo as she is as exquisite in mind as in body and we have known each other since she first started modelling.
'Of course fashion should be included in the Olympics. Fashion is always a marathon series of hurdles and I'd be for the high jump if I didn't go for gold and come out swimming!'
Stella Tennant in Christopher Kane
The legendary Tennant looked nonchalantly cool in a gold Swarovski crystal mesh suit designed by Christopher Kane, teamed with a spikey hairdo. FAB!
'It was such an honour to design and make an outfit for Stella Tennant for the closing ceremony,' Christopher told us. 'It was very surreal to watch but thrilling at the same time. I thought it was important for Stella’s own personal style to be reflected, that’s why I decided to make her a suit.'
Karen Elson in Burberry
And finally the crew's fiery-haired model looked supremely elegant in a spaghetti-strap split-to-the-thigh gown by Burberry. What a night! So which catwalker deserves the gold medal? Cast your vote below...