London 2012: McQueen, Burberry Lead Closing Ceremony Nod to British Fashion


In addition to featuring a Who’s Who — including The Who — of British music (Annie Lennox, Ray Davies, the Spice Girls, George Michael, Madness, Blur), the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games paid tribute to British fashion brands.

The models hitting the Union Jack-shaped stage: Kate Moss (above) and Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen, Lily Donaldson wearing Vivienne Westwood, Stella Tennant in Christopher Kane, model/singer Karen Elson in Burberry, Lily Cole sporting Erdem, Georgia May Jagger (the offspring of fashion/music royalty Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall) wearing Victoria Beckham (a double brandcameo for the Spice Girl turned designer), Jourdan Dunn (Jonathan Saunders with headwear by milliner Stephen Jones) and David Gandy wearing Paul Smith.

The soundtrack: David Bowie’s Fashion, of course. Bowie couldn’t be included in the musical portion from the ceremony as he hasn’t performed live since 2006.[more]

British Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers spent two years organizing the tribute, which also included black-clad foot soldiers in formation as McQueen’s iconic skull shape. Stella McCartney was one notable absence on the London 2012 closing catwalk, but her Team GB collaboration with Adidas was present throughout the Games.

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