from beyonce to 'bruno,' the most surprising catwalk crashes

Following Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson’s Internet-breaking trip down the Valentino runway this morning, we’ve rounded up the most epic surprise appearances and catwalk crashes of all time.

by Emily Manning
10 March 2015, 9:25pm

Following Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson's Internet-breaking trip down the Valentino runway this morning to announce the really, really, ridiculously anticipated Zoolander sequel, we've rounded up the most epic surprise appearances and catwalk crashes of all time. From Beyonce to Bruno, ex-spies to Spice Girls, here are seven you never saw coming: 

Intergalactic Galliano: While we got a glimpse of a more modest Galliano this week at Margiela (despite roaring crowds, the creative director remained backstage), history shows he's not exactly a shrinking violet at showtime. For Dior's fall/winter 06 couture collection--an over the top, Joan of Arc meets Queen of Hearts garden party--Galliano didn't simply pop out for a bow. Following the finale, the designer emerged in a full-on space suit straight outta Apollo 13, waddling down the runway as if he were a super chic Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon.

Mary J takes the mic at DSquared2: To celebrate 20 years at the helm of DSquared2, twin designers Dean and Dan Caten tapped the queen of R&B for a surprise performance at their most recent menswear show in Milan. After a series of home-run tuxes, Miss Mary J Blige hit the runway in her own beautiful brocade situation and launched straight into her mega hit "Family Affair," with a Caten on each arm.

Madonna bares all at John Paul Gaultier: The Material Girl and fashion's master showman have had a long, storied history. After creating the now iconic cone bra she rocked on stage during her landmark 1990 Blonde Ambition tour, JPG again called on Madge for an AIDS benefit show back in 92. The pop star dropped jaws when, after stepping on to the catwalk in a boyfriend-style blazer, she ditched the jacket to #freethenipple, French style.

Queen Bey does Tom Ford: Back in 2011, Tom Ford staged his return to womenswear via a super secret (and star-studded) salon show. Longtime supporters Julianne Moore, Lauren Hutton, and Daphne Guinness all graced Ford's catwalk, but no one stomped it harder than Beyonce. "It was so much fun," the singer told WWD after the show. "It felt like a performance. It had the energy of a live show. It's great to see people have fun in fashion." Rocking fishnets, metallics, and a major blonde look cranked up to full volume, Queen Bey's surprise appearance certainly didn't go unnoticed.

From ex-spy to runway model: Anna Chapman is on some serious James Bond shit. The Russian ex-spy, who was booted out of the US (and later, the UK) after pleading guilty to charges of procuring information for a foreign government, didn't let deportation get her down. Actually, the enterprising ex-agent made a pretty successful career change and became a model. Yup, Chapman has graced both Russian and Turkish runways flaunting her former-spy status, on one walk flanked by fake secret service agents, another holding a male model in a headlock with a fake pistol.

Bruno takes Milan: Wilson and Stiller actually weren't the first actors to hit the runway promoting a fashion-focused film. Back in 2008, Sacha Baron Cohen's flamboyant Austrian fashionista character, Bruno, stormed the Agatha Ruiz de la Prada's spring/summer 08 show clad in an assortment of random rags to drum up press for the film's release. Apparently that wasn't Bruno's only Milan moment, either: he and his "team" faked passes to sneak past Iceberg's security, all while sporting head-to-toe velcro ensembles (which somehow didn't quite take off as a trend.)

Spice Girls drop some Girl Power on Roberto Cavalli mens: Victoria Beckham might have proven herself a runway pro after a string of knockout NYFW collections, but back in 2008, her former Fab Five counterparts saw their turns on the catwalk, too. The Spice Girls made a splash during Milan mens' week, when they interrupted Roberto Cavalli's stream of male models and flaunted their collective Girl Power on the designer's fall/winter runway. 


Text Emily Manning
Image courtesy @maisonvalentino

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