British Designers, Models to Participate in Olympics Closing Ceremony?

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Designer Stella McCartney, center, with athletes wearing her uniform designs for the British teams.

London—Supermodels parading around with super athletes?

That’s the speculation ahead of the July 27 opening ceremony at the Olympic Games here—but then there’s been much speculation about opening and closing ceremonies, most of which remains a closely guarded secret.

But British newspapers report that in addition to celebrating British music (Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John have been tipped to perform), history and other heritages, British fashion will have a place on stage—er catwalks—of the closing ceremony scheduled at Stratford Stadium on August 12.

Among the fashion stars rumored to be participating are: Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Naomi Campbell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, David Gandy, Stella Tennant as well as up and comers in British fashion.

Designers likely to participate in what would be a fashion show with the world’s largest audience include: Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton and Stella McCartney.

A Fashion Show Seen  Round the World?

“Organizers wanted the best of British–and that’s exactly what they’ve got,” The Mirror quoted a source as saying. “The models were all keen to take part because it will be such a memorable event.”

“British style is known around the world for innovation and creativity, so it’s right that it will be celebrated as part of the show–it will look amazing,” the source added.

But Kim Gavin, who directed the Princess Diana memorial concert in 2007 and serves as creative director/choreographer for the closing ceremony, promises a spectacular finish to the London games.

“We want to create a fabulous emotional experience, something that people will remember for years to come,” Gavin said.

The only British fashion connection that has been authenticated so far is the fact that Stella McCartney designed the uniforms for the United Kingdom Olympic teams.


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