Vogue World put on a very bizarre show in the West End on Thursday night in front of a star-studded audience as it celebrated the start of London Fashion Week.
The hotly-anticipated event, held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, attracted a whole host of A-list stars and many of them got involved with the on-stage entertainment.
But viewers, who watched via the YouTube livestream, took to social media to admit they left baffled by the ‘bizarre’ show, which was billed as ‘multi-act celebration of the British performing arts’.
The show – which served as a fundraiser for Britain’s performing arts industry – kicked off with Kate, 49, doing an interpretive dance before Cara Delevingne appeared in the crowds dressed as a punk.
Supermodel Kate was first shown getting glammed-up backstage before she walked through the wings of the theatre as the show paid tribute to the theatre performers it is fundraising for.
Unique: Vogue World put on a very bizarre show in the West End on Thursday night as Kate Moss did an interpretive dance (she is pictured in May)
Opera singers then appeared in the crowds while Kate was shown via a screen on stage doing a bizarre interpretive dance underneath a black sheer piece of fabric.
She wafted her arms around in the air as the fabric billowed over her before she emerged from backstage and graced the stage before the second music number.
Cara, 31, then emerged sporting a very quirky colourful punk mohawk wig as she had a leopard print pattern dyed on parts of her shaved head while other strands were longer and brightly coloured.
She was seen cheering as she milled amongst the celebrities’ tables in a red and black dress and a leather jacket while FKA Twigs performed, before she jumped up on stage to join the singer.
The pair then shared a kiss before FKA was pulled away by dancers as she continued her performance, before Stormzy took to the stage for the third musical number.
Despite the star-studded line-up, fans were quick to comment on the bizarre show, taking to social media to share their confusion at Kate and Cara’s quirky dances.
One wrote: ‘Not sure what Cara is doing but I love listening to FKA Twigs.’
Another said: ‘Fka Twigs and Cara Delevingne kissing at Vogue World. Well that wasn’t on my 2023 bingo card.’
Bizarre: During the show, Cara Delevingne also appeared in the crowds as a punk (she is pictured at the afterparty still sporting the same quirky hairstyle she debuted on stage)
Smooch: Cara then shared a kiss with FKA Twigs (pictured at Glastonbury) during the performance
Odd: Despite the star-studded line-up, fans were quick to comment on the bizarre show, taking to social media to share their confusion at Kate and Cara’s quirky dances
A third said: ‘Kate Moss and Cara both are weird,’ while a fourth penned: ‘WTF IS THISSSS,’ and another wrote: ‘Who’s lucid dreams are this?’
After the first few musical numbers, James Corden appeared on stage alongside the likes of James McAvoy, Sienna Miller and Damien Lewis for a comedy skit.
The group all appeared on stage as theatre ushers as James went up to the celebrities’ tables and jokingly asked them to move out of the way.
James McAvoy then joked about being star-struck meeting Little Simz backstage before Harriet Walter appeared on stage to join the group.
The Killing Eve star made a jab at artificial intelligence amid rising concerns about how the technology will affect Hollywood.
She showed her support for the ongoing current writers and actors’ strikes in America, fuelled by the studio’s use of AI to replace human actors.
The ushers told how they always dreamt of being on a West End stage in an ode to theatre performers, before Harriet reassured them there was still time to achieve their dreams.
She was met by huge cheers from the audience as she said: ‘There’s still time, it can still happen as long as bl**dy AI doesn’t take all our jobs away,’ in reference to the SAG-AFTRA strikes.
In a message of support to actors worldwide, she went on: ‘All those Ushers you meet, all the ice cream sellers, a lot of them are working actors and dancers, maybe the writers directors of the future.
New look: Cara sported a quirky colourful punk mohawk wig as she had a leopard print pattern dyed on parts of her shaved head while other strands were longer and brightly coloured
Vibrant: Cara appeared to have opted for quite the style change as she continued to sport her unique hairstyle at the afterparty
Stars: Cara changed into a purple ensemble after coming off the stage and was seen leaving the afterparty with Emily Ratajkowski
Jibe: Harriet Walter (pictured in May) also made a jab at artificial intelligence on stage as she showed her support for the actors and writers’ Hollywood strikes
Stars: The show then came to a close with an epic performance from Annie Lennox (pictured in November), who belted out the Eurythmics smash hit Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
‘They’re all part of this ritual, they all perform at the same time every night… a hush of anticipation as the story begins as people step out on to that stage.’
The Vogue World show then came to a close with an epic performance from Annie Lennox, who belted out the Eurythmics smash hit Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).
She was joined on stage by a whole host of backing singers while models strutted their stuff around the crowds in an epic fashion extravaganza.
Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington all then graced the stage holding hands.
The supermodels, who all graced the cover of Vogue’s US and UK’s September issues, were met by huge cheers from the audience as they stepped out.
They all then showed off their modelling credentials as they strutted their stuff through the crowds, before they re-joined Annie on stage.
The models were all given huge bouquets of red roses as a huge array of stars flocked out on to the stage, with Cara making a reappearance in her punk look.
The performances were masterminded by BAFTA and Olivier-winning director Stephen Daldry, show director Emily Burns, and creative producer Fran Miller, along with the Vogue team.
Vogue World – dubbed Britain’s answer to the iconic Met Gala – attracted a legion of all-star attendees including Jodie Turner Smith, Rita Ora and Winnie Harlow – while Victoria Beckham also slipped through the back entrance.
Described as a ‘catwalk extravaganza’ of actors, singers, ballerinas, supermodels and fashion designers, the event was accessible only to the rich and famous with one ticket costing up to £2,521.70.
Vogue’s editor-in-chief Dame Anna Wintour arrived at the event alongside British Vogue’s editor Edward Enninful as they put on a united display after reports of a power struggle.
The Mail on Sunday reported Enninful had hoped one day to replace Wintour, but the Vogue Editor-In-Chief is determined to stay put and will ‘swat any rivals off like a fly’.
The bash comes just three months after the shock announcement the British-Ghanaian former model and fashion stylist is to step down as editor-in-chief of British Vogue after six years at the helm.
Wow! Vogue World – dubbed Britain’s answer to the iconic Met Gala – attracted a legion of all-star attendees including Sienna Miller and Rita Ora
Fashionista: Billed as a ‘multi-act celebration of the British performing arts’, the glittering one-off extravaganza saw Winnie Harlow pull out all the stops as she hit the red carpet
Posh: Victoria Beckham made a low-key arrival the Vogue party as she snubbed walking the red carpet in favour of slipping in
United: Dame Anna Wintour arrived at Vogue World alongside British Vogue’s own editor, Edward Enninful (both pictured with Baz Luhrmann)
When he leaves at the beginning of 2024, Enninful will take up a ‘global advisory position’ at Vogue, ‘with the freedom to take on broader creative projects’.
Vogue World served as a fundraiser for Britain’s performing arts industry, with Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna overseeing proceedings.
The first Vogue World event featured a fashion show and street fair when it took place in New York’s meatpacking district in 2021, but the London ceremony was a grander affair.
The dress code was Opening Night, with the invitation revealed a West End stage decorated with by blood-red velvet curtains.
Outside, a queue more than 500 ft long filled with clamouring guests snaked its way through London’s West End.
Echoing the splendours of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, on arrival guests were invited to wrap themselves in a Coach pashmina and enjoy a complimentary tequila from the bar.
Guests were given ‘treats’ of Estee Lauder lipsticks and invited to indulge in sherbet and liquorice.
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