MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: It was Linda Evangelista’s triumphant return to the catwalk after a six-year absence due to an adverse reaction to a fat-freezing procedure that she says disfigured her face. The Canadian beauty took part in the star-studded Fendi show on Friday, September 9 at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom, marking her first catwalk appearance in 15 years and the start of New York Fashion Week.
The 57-year-old catwalk veteran also posed for the photo which was used to promote the 25th anniversary of the brand’s iconic Baguette bag ahead of the major event. The exclusive Italian fashion house has unveiled its unexpected partnership with fashion icon Marc Jacobs. The pieces of the new collections, which brought together two behemoths of the profession: Jacobs and Kim Jones, the artistic director of women’s fashion at Fendi who worked with Louis Vuitton, were unveiled one by one.
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Evangelista took the stage wearing a dramatic cape dress in Tiffany blue that swept the floor as she walked. She radiated the poise and charisma that propelled her to the top of the industry in the years following her debut in 1984 with her dark hair pulled back from her face in a sleek style wearing matching metallic silver gloves and a Baguette bag with a silver design under her right arm.
The model stayed out of the public eye for more than five years after claiming the popular CoolSculpting fat-freezing procedure had left her “permanently deformed”. The surgery was intended to shrink her fat cells, but instead caused them to grow larger, leading to a condition known as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, which caused her to develop ‘bulges’ all over her body. . Cryolipolysis has a rare side effect called PAH, which has been documented in 0.0051% of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide. In an effort to address the issue, she has since had two liposuction procedures and said in February she was done living in “shame”.
Social media users have been hugely praising Evangelista’s triumphant return to the spotlight. One user on Twitter wrote: “So incredibly iconic.” “Mother Linda Evangelista returns to the track,” wrote another. One user praised her in her tweet, “If we’re being honest, Marc Jacobs is the only reason this show hasn’t completely sunk. Marc Jacobs’ looks being the show’s final 10 really washed my eyes. bitterness in my eyes. Oh, the graceful presence of Linda Evangelista was truly the icing on the cake, other than that: painful.” Another user tweeted, “Linda evangelista so deserves all the love and praise she’s been getting from the industry lately…a true icon.” One user tweeted, “THE ONE AND ONLY, MOST BELOVED REIGNING QUEEN OF HAUTE COUTURE SUPERMODEL HERSELF, LINDA EVANGELISTA!!!”
So incredibly iconic 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
— GG (@gggetsglamx) September 10, 2022
If we’re being honest, Marc Jacobs is the only reason this show hasn’t completely sunk. The Marc Jacobs looks being the final 10 of the show really washed the bitterness out of my eyes. Oh, the graceful presence of Linda Evangelista was really the icing on the cake, other than that: painful.
— osa (@osamachabbi) September 10, 2022
linda evangelista so deserves all the love and praise she’s been getting from the industry lately…a true icon
— Talia! (@irisvanmuse) September 10, 2022
Before Friday’s march, Evangelista’s last runway appearance was in 2007, when she took part in the Christian Dior brand’s 60th anniversary fashion show. Fendi is one of more than 140 designers whose new collections will take to Manhattan over the next six days, through Wednesday, September 14.
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