Are male models becoming an endangered species? They were definitely in short supply at the just concluded Men’s Fashion Week. Instead of the usual comely catwalkers, designers kept it real by outfitting lawyers, welders, and bike messengers in their newest wares. Also on hand were a smattering of stars not normally associated with high-fashion dress codes. Here’s who struck a pose and why. — Suna Chang
Samuel L. Jackson
”He’s into the clothes, and we’re into him,” says Hugo Boss spokesman Larry Hotz. Jackson picked out his own outfit for his runway debut — a limited-edition Tyvek (the material that FedEx envelopes are made of) suit.
Cabaret‘s Alan Cumming, Dharma & Greg‘s Thomas Gibson, and the Fugees’ Pras
Hilfiger booked 26 models for his show, but only one was a pro. The rest were selected because ”each is confident and comfortable in their own skin,” says Hilfiger. Translation: They can make it down a runway without tripping. ”I did okay,” confirms Gibson. ”The zipper was up, I put one foot in front of the other, and I didn’t fall down.”
Veronica’s Closet‘s Wallace Langham and Baywatch‘s Michael Bergin
Bergin’s their menswear spokesman. Langham was selected, according to Claiborne’s Jennifer Norton, because ”he’s friendly, approachable, and makes men feel more comfortable.” Langham’s motivation? Two words: ”Free clothes.”