|Iconic: Model Jessica Minh Anh presents an autumn collection on "floating catwalk" on the River Seine in Paris on Thursday. — Photo courtesy of J Model Management
PARIS (VNS) — Vietnamese model Jessica Minh Anh presented an autumn collection on Thursday in a unique way, with a "floating catwalk" on the River Seine in Paris.
The model cum entrepreneur hosted the event, inviting a group of guests aboard the Seine's giant glass boat to witness the stunning 100m catwalk. The multi-faceted glass windows gave the illusion of the models walking on water as the boat cruises. As a result, Paris landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the 37 famous bridges crossing the river became the backdrop for the catwalk.
Marco Goncalvez, Operation Manager of Compagnie des Bateaux Mouches, said: "We are extremely honoured to work with Jessica Minh Anh on this special project.
"We have been admiring her iconic productions at places such as the Grand Canyon Skywalk, Hudson River, London's Tower Bridge, and One World Trade Center for years. It is a privilege to have our venue added in Jessica's famous series of unconventional catwalks."
Anh's catwalk was the centrepiece of the J Autumn Fashion 2015 showcasing a range of labels, including Lebanese haute couture designer Rouba. G, Turkish talent Gulnur Gunes, Saudi Arabian fashion house Ot Kutyr Atulier, Peruvian artist Ani Alvarez Calderon, Kiwi heritage brand Iwi Creations, and 5.8.0 creative studio from Hong Kong.
In July 2015, Anh created the world's first solar-powered catwalk. It followed her previous events at the Eiffel Tower in France, the Tower Bridge in London, One World Trade Center, Gardens by the Bays Skyway in Singapore, Petronas Twin Towers' Skybridge in Malaysia.
She produced the world's highest fashion show on the Grand Canyon Skywalk at 1,220m above the Colorado River.
Before the catwalk on the River Seine, she turned the Hudson River in New York into the world's newest runways.
Talking about her unique runways, Anh said: "I believe the most outstanding designs should be showcased at the best of locations, using the most creative catwalk concepts. It's a challenging process, but very rewarding."
Anh, who was born in Ha Noi, Viet Nam but raised in Moscow, Russia, received formal training in piano and fine art before studying under a scholarship in Malaysia. The catwalk producer currently resides in Paris but travels internationally to produce three unique runways each year. — VNS