Originally posted on MSN UK, July 2014
By rights, Conchita Wurst should have faded into obscurity by now, following in the footsteps of other Eurovision winners. However, the drag artist’s career just seems to be going from strength to strength as yesterday she turned catwalk model during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.
With her trademark beard in place and her hair braided with beads, Conchita hit the runway at Jean Paul Gaultier’s autumn/winter 2014 show, modelling a gothic bridal dress complete with black veil.
The Eurovision 2014 winner was given the honour of closing the show, an act previously carried out by the likes of Dita Von Teese and Beth Ditto.
Speaking to the Independent about his booking of Conchita, the flamboyant Gaultier said: “I met Conchita two years ago [when] she came to one of my couture shows. I loved her look and when I heard that she will represent Austria for the Eurovision Song Contest, I was delighted. When she won I was crazy with joy.
“I always say that beauty is difference and Conchita has shown us all that she is unstoppable. And she looks great in couture; she is a real couture woman.”
But Conchita wasn’t the only surprise to delight us during the haute couture shows. From Karl Lagerfeld’s pregnant bride to Kendall Jenner storming the runway – plus some pretty showstopping outfits – we’ve put together a selection of the top moments in the gallery above.
Click through the images below to see the catwalk highlights from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week
Jean Paul Gaultier > As Conchita made her way down the runway, she was joined by the iconic fashion designer, who dropped to his knees in her path before embracing her at the end of the runway.
Jean Paul Gaultier > Elsewhere on the JPG runway, the designer’s unique brand of gender bending was in full force, with red and black proving a key colour combo.
Chanel > Karl Lagerfeld sure knows how to get people’s attention, and he achieved just that at his autumn/winter 2014 couture show for Chanel by sending a pregnant model down the runway in a wedding dress. Bravo, Kaiser Karl!
Chanel > She’s already walked for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Givenchy, but Kim Kardashian’s half-sister Kendall Jenner secured her fashion It girl status by hitting the runway at Chanel.
Giambattista Valli > Candy colours ruled at Giambattista Valli – here’s the designer posing backstage with some of his bright and beautiful models.
Giambattista Valli > We’re *totally* going to try out this oversized hair wrap look during our summer holiday this year.
Christian Dior > Set in a room filled with flowers, the grand finale at Christian Dior made for a magical moment.
Christian Dior > This exaggerated hip shape was a key look at Dior.
Viktor & Rolf > The girls at Viktor & Rolf took to a red-carpeted runway to model a collection made up exclusively of red pieces. We heart.
Oscar Carvallo > Wondering who on *earth* would wear this directional number? We’ve got two words for you: Lady Gaga. We can totally see the singer in this netted, winged look.
Maison Martin Margiela > The Beyoncé effect? Face netting – as Bey is currently sporting on her On the Run tour – was a key factor at the Margiela show.
Maison Martin Margiela > Margiela’s head designer, Matthieu Blazy, was in a playful mood with this heart-emblazoned gown.
Dice Kayek > The collection by the Turkish sisters Ece and Ayse Ege brought structure to the fore – there were no wafty dresses here.
Ralph & Russo > The most beautiful perfect wedding dress EVER? Quite possibl
Zuhair Murad > It was no surprise to find Zuhair Murad’s autumn/winter 2014 collection full of red carpet-ready gowns – we expect to see this show-stopping number gracing an A-lister in the near future.
Zuhair Murad > We think Cate Blanchett would look amazing in this elegant yet interesting Zuhair Murad gown.
Giorgio Armani Privé > We spy a trend emerging! Or rather, two trends: red and face nets. Take note now.
Elie Saab > Another breathtaking gown, this time courtesy of Elie Saab. We can practically see Sarah Jessica Parker dialling in her order as we type.
Ralph & Russo > This beautiful evening dress is the stuff red carpet dreams are made of – we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for it being worn by Hollywood’s finest.
Serkan Cura > Feathers played a key role in the Serkan Cura autumn/winter 2014 collection, as this flamboyant outfit illustrates.
Oscar Carvallo > While other designers made use of bright, popping colours, Oscar Carvallo opted for a palette of muted metallics.
Valentino > The woodland theme of the set at the Valentino show was echoed in the clothes – like this exquisite coat, for example.
Valentino > The sheer-look trend showed no sign of disappearing at the haute couture shows, as illustrated by this beautiful Valentino gown.