Gigi Hadid fights off Fashion Week nuisance
By Colleen Barry, AP
September 24, 2016, 12:22 am TWN
MILAN--This was already Gigi Hadid's season.
She drew crowds outside the Max Mara shop on opening day of Milan Fashion Week, and indulged fans with selfies.
Then she opened and closed the Max Mara show on the second day of womenswear previews for next spring and summer on Thursday, and took top billing at Fendi.
But in between, things took an ugly turn when a former Ukrainian television reporter grabbed her from behind and picked her up in the air as she left the Max Mara venue. Video posted on the website TMZ shows her wriggling free and confronting the assailant, who ran away.
In an email to The Associated Press, Vitalii Sediuk confirmed that he had lifted Hadid off the ground, saying it was a form of protest against the use of celebrity models. He has pulled similar pranks before, targeting Kim Kardashian, Brad Pitt and America Ferrera, once landing in a Los Angeles jail for two days.
Police in Milan said they had no immediate indication a formal complaint had been filed.
Despite the disruption, Hadid appeared in perfect form on the Fendi runway hours later.
Here are some more highlights from Thursday's shows:
Karl Lagerfeld took a nostalgic leap into the future in his latest collection for Fendi, receiving a standing ovation for his efforts.
The scalloping details, aprons that tie with grosgrain ribbon along with sweet bow and rosette appliques risked being quaint, and instead were reinvigorated.
Model Gigi Hadid wears a creation from the Max Mara women's Spring-Summer 2017 collection, which was presented in Milan, Thursday.