There isn’t much in fashion as awkward as when a model takes a tumble on the runway. It shouldn’t happen, you say – after all, it’s their job to walk down the runway. But it’s a surprisingly regular occurrence.
And sadly, in the last year, as shows have moved online – and occasionally not even used models – the runway fall is becoming a distant memory – a forgotten relic of a bygone era.
Plenty of people in fashion admit they rather enjoy it. A special kind of schadenfreude that draws us when a leggy beauty in Prada hits the deck. Like a car crash – even though we want to look away, we just keep watching.
There’s an intoxicating combination of magic at play during a fashion show. The anticipation of something new; the booming cacophony of music and chatter; the high-octane pace; the intake of breath as the lights go down and the first model steps onto the runway beneath the bright lights. And when a model falls amidst all the glamour, for a split second she opens a portal to reality.